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Philosophical Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    philosophical adj
  1. of or relating to philosophy or philosophers; "philosophical writing"; "a considerable knowledge of philosophical terminology" [syn: philosophic]
  2. characterized by the attitude of a philosopher; meeting trouble with level-headed detachment; "philosophical resignation"; "a philosophic attitude toward life" [syn: philosophic]
  3. characteristic of or imbued with the attitude of a philosopher or based on philosophy; "that breadth of outlook that distinguishes the philosophic mind"; "their differences were philosophical" [syn: philosophic] [ant: nonphilosophical]
Philosophical Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Philosophic \Phil`o*soph"ic\, Philosophical \Phil`o*soph"ic*al\, a. [L. philosophicus: cf. F. philosophique.] Of or pertaining to philosophy; versed in, or imbued with, the principles of philosophy; hence, characterizing a philosopher; rational; wise; temperate; calm; cool. -- Phil`o*soph"ic*al*ly, adv.
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Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.

The following branches are the main areas of study:

Most academic subjects have a philosophy, for example the philosophy of science, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of logic, the philosophy of law, and the philosophy of history. In addition, a range of academic subjects have emerged to deal with areas that historically were the subject of philosophy. These include psychology, anthropology and science.

The introduction of the terms "philosopher" and "philosophy" has been ascribed to the Greek thinker Pythagoras (see Diogenes Laertius: "De vita et moribus philosophorum", I, 12; Cicero: "Tusculanae disputationes", V, 8-9). The ascription is based on a passage in a lost work of Herakleides Pontikos, a disciple of Aristotle. It is considered to be part of the widespread legends of Pythagoras of this time. "Philosopher" replaced the word "sophist" (from sophoi), which meant "wise men", teachers of rhetoric, who were important in Athenian democracy.

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* In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns most. - Epicurus

* There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. - Albert Camus

* The war in Vietnam threatened to tear our society apart, and the political and philosophical disagreements that separated each side continue, to some extent. It's been said that these memorials reflect a hunger for healing. - Ronald Reagan


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