• Part of Caxton's Epilogue to the 'Dictes and Sayinges of the Philosophers
    Part of Caxton's Epilogue to the 'Dictes and Sayinges of the Philosophers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj philosophical characterized by the attitude of a philosopher; meeting trouble with level-headed detachment "philosophical resignation","a philosophic attitude toward life"
    • adj philosophical of or relating to philosophy or philosophers "philosophical writing","a considerable knowledge of philosophical terminology"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The French philosopher, Voltaire, reportedly drank fifty cups of coffee a day.
    • a Philosophical Of or pertaining to philosophy; versed in, or imbued with, the principles of philosophy; hence, characterizing a philosopher; rational; wise; temperate; calm; cool.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • philosophical Philosophic.
    • philosophical Relating or belonging to philosophy or philosophers; proceeding from, based on, in keeping with, or used in philosophy or in philosophic study or research: as, a philosophical argument.
    • philosophical Befitting a philosopher; calm; temperate; wise; controlled by reason; undisturbed by passion; self-controlled.
    • philosophical Pertaining to or used in the study of natural philosophy: as, philosophical apparatus; a. philosophical instrument.
    • n philosophical A student of philosophy; a philosopher.
    • n philosophical plural Philosophical studies; philosophy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Philosophical pertaining or according to philosophy: skilled in or given to philosophy: becoming a philosopher: rational: calm
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  • Socrates
    “By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
    “Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make.”
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
    “Mothers are the most instinctive philosophers.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it.”
  • Rene Descartes
    Rene Descartes
    “There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.”
  • Denis Diderot
    “The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. philosophicus,: cf. F. philosophique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. philosophosphilos, a lover, sophos, wise.


In literature:

If a Western man should hear me tell you this, he would want the statement qualified, unless he happened to be a philosopher.
"Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn" by Lafcadio Hearn
The philosopher philosophizes for something more than for the sake of philosophizing.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
The Gods of the Philosophers Sec.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
This question is difficult, and in broaching it we cannot expect much aid from what philosophers have hitherto said on the subject.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The philosopher who in our generation has acquired the European vogue most comparable to that of Spencer is Bergson.
"Recent Developments in European Thought" by Various
He had the rare faculty of true philosophic meditation.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
Bacon the philosopher was in the strongest contrast to Bacon the politician.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
Still, I am a better philosopher after dinner than before it.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
Their laws have been successfully investigated by philosophers in their treatises on mechanic powers.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
In the philosophical movement we must begin with the Germans.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
He may be philosophical, but he must not philosophize.
"The Gentle Reader" by Samuel McChord Crothers
The opposing schools of philosophers annihilated each other, and the result was scepticism.
"Transcendentalism in New England" by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
BAILLY (Jean Sylvain, French astronomer and philosopher, first President of the States-General, and later a victim of the Revolution), 1736-1793.
"The Last Words of Distinguished Men and Women" by Frederic Rowland Marvin
Lord Kaimes, Hume, and many other philosophers, have entertained a contrary opinion.
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
If it were possible to form a state wholly of philosophers, such a custom would perhaps be unnecessary.
"The Conflict of Religions in the Early Roman Empire" by T. R. Glover
In the answer to this question, all philosophical schools have something in common.
"A Review of the Systems of Ethics Founded on the Theory of Evolution" by C. M. Williams
The system of philosophic training had been at this time long organized.
"The Teaching of Epictetus" by Epictetus
Here are new exigencies, to which dogmatic philosophers had not before been obnoxious.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume I (of 4)" by George Grote
Painful consciousness of ignorance the attribute of the philosopher.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume II (of 4)" by George Grote
We thus find, in Plato's philosophical character, two extreme opposite tendencies and opposite poles co-existent.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume III (of 4)" by George Grote

In poetry:

"Unwanted wait we with our store
Of facts and philosophic lore;
The scholarship of all the ages
Snug packed within our uncut pages;
The mystery of all mankind
In part revealed - but you are blind.
"My Library" by Robert W Service
Shoo can join a mild frolic if fun's to be had,
For her principal joy is to see others glad;
Shoo's a jewel, an th' chap who can call her his own,
Has noa 'cashion to hunt for th' philosopher's stooan.
"Happen Thine" by John Hartley
Books all about them ancient blokes
That lived a thousand years ago:
Philosophers an' funny folk
What he sees in them I don't know.
There ain't much fun, when all is said,
In chap that is so awful dead.
"Old Bob Blair" by C J Dennis
Enough of thought, philosopher!
Too long hast thou been dreaming
Unlightened, in this chamber drear,
While summer's sun is beaming!
Space-sweeping soul, what sad refrain
Concludes thy musings once again?
"The Philosopher" by Emily Jane Bronte
"O, never mind--the case will do,
If Walpole has been spoken to.
Like a philosopher, 'tis clear,
It rests with me to persevere;
Must stedfast hold, be silent still,
Though bullied, kick'd, and cuff'd at will."
"Preferment" by William Hutton
Careless philosopher, the first to laugh,
The latest to complain.
Unmindful that you teach, you taught me this
In your long fight with pain:
Since God made man so good—here stands my creed—
God's good indeed.
"To A Soldier In Hospital" by Winifred Mary Letts

In news:

Much of the discussion around the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it has been purely philosophical.
One reason I've become such a widely recognized philosopher is because of my dog Arbuckle.
To steal a line from the great philosopher, Yogi, I appreciate all those who made this column necessary.
President Obama has bought himself some time on Afghanistan and lived up to his promise to seek policies that fit into no one's philosophical pigeonholes.
The first was a novelist, the second a philosopher.
Andrew Crumey's novel involves English scholars, quantum theory and the philosophes.
A leading philosopher sums up the hidden costs of a price-tag society.
Remembering Brazil's Soccer Philosopher King.
French philosopher Elisabeth Badinter in her Paris home on Oct 26,2005.
Not all value judgments, however, are the proper study of the moral philosopher.
The GOP's Philosophical Straitjacket .
But the Republican vice presidential nominee has another interest dating back to high school, one that sheds a little more light on his economic plans: the philosopher and author Ayn Rand .
This is an attempt at a summary of some of the main criticisms that have been offered by philosophers about Rand's moral and political arguments.
The newest mystery challenging philosophers and scientists is not how big the universe is or if ours is the only one, but: Is it a simulation created by some smelly hacker somewhere else.
Studying deep, philosophical subjects is challenging for anyone.

In science:

However, the true understanding of the theory and its philosophical conclusions are still open problems.
On the Nature of Reality
The use of the word ‘ob jective’ here is to emphasize that it is not some kind of philosophical statement that could change in the future.
On the Nature of Reality
A final theory is free of any philosophical preconception.
On the Nature of Reality
There is no room for philosophical preconceptions.
On the Nature of Reality
In fact it may determine what it means for a theory to be falsifiable, which is for now a purely philosophical concept.
On the Nature of Reality
And its statements in ordinary language look like purely philosophical ones.
On the Nature of Reality
If you can’t understand the math, all that you will read will sound like essentially philosophical, something like a philosophical treatise since no argumentation is provided (in ordinary language).
On the Nature of Reality
This notion of type is also very close to the philosophical notion of form present in Plato and Wittgenstein , and also to the concept of type in computer science.
On the Nature of Reality
Ontology is still not a well-defined philosophical notion, and it cannot provide any basis for the FTP.
On the Nature of Reality
It is not the purpose of this paper to delve into such philosophical matters, but rather to isolate the essence of the disagreement and to formalize it.
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
The elements of physical reality cannot be determined by a priori philosophical considerations, but must be found by an appeal to results of experiments and measurements.
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
Alexander, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. M. G¨unther, H.
Lift-off dynamics in a simple jumping robot
It was discovered by Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher who lived around 500 BC, that the note an octave higher than another has a frequency twice high.
Music in Terms of Science
In the last section we present some philosophical speculations about the nature of pseudorandomness.
Randomness, pseudorandomness and models of arithmetic
In contrast to this, philosophers have never doubted that the basic mathematical structures, namely the natural and real numbers, are unique.
Randomness, pseudorandomness and models of arithmetic