What Is Philosophy?


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sweetboy surendar Profile
I think..., Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems
concerning subjects such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind,
and language.
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Muhammad Sohail answered
The way of thinking towards specific thing at specific time. We can say that it can be abstractedly understandable to the taught. Every one has his own idea and definition of philosophy and if we look at the word philosophy. It seems to be the part of Greek language. The word is the combination of two words, first one philos means words of love and second Sophia which means wisdom.

If we look at the course of philosophy it is then further divided and categorized in to, Metaphysics which means the theory of being, Epistemology means the theory of knowledge, Axiology means the theory of values. If we look at the whole study of the philosophy we will came to conclusion that every where, every subject lies in one of the above category.

On the other hand if we look at the study of philosophy, we can define philosophy as dealing with our own live and making and setting some specific rules and actually following that bound decision. Or we can say that philosophy is that study in which we accept the current condition of nature or a substance, how is it and where it is placed, and satisfies men's mind and logic.
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Aun Jafery answered
The word philosophy comes from the Middle English word "philosophie", taken from the Old French, in turn from the Latin, and derived from the Greek word "philosophos" meaning a lover of wisdom. Philosophy covers the fields of ethics or how one should live, the existence of things and their natures (metaphysics), accurate principles of reasoning or logic, and what actually is genuine knowledge or epistemology. All these constitute the primary spheres of philosophy. It refers to the pursuit and love of wisdom and the use of moral self discipline and intellect to achieve this.

Perhaps the most famous philosopher was Socrates, who was forced to take poison. He followed the principle of constant questioning to arrive at an intelligent observation or truth. Plato was another Philosopher who put forward the concept of a philosopher ruler.
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Anonymous answered
Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems
concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind,
and language
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Anonymous answered
The word itself means "love wisdom."

philo=love    soph=wisdom

Philosophy is a person or religion or sects ideas and opinions, usually on moral subjects.
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Vikash Swaroop answered
Philosophy, one of the most sought after subjects the students of which are considered as the intellectual one, signifies the views a person has and according to these particular views the person usually lives his life.

When you go to the root of the word you will find that the two words that conjugate together to form the word describe the exact meaning of the word. It is form of the two words 'Phil' and 'Sophia' and they convey the idea of love and wisdom respectively. So the person who loves to imbue wisdom in himself with his thinking can be considered as the student of philosophy.

You can find numerous great names who are considered as philosophers and the prime among them are Aristotle and Plato
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Philosophy is logical thinking on a particular issue at a specific time.
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Philosophy is a specific way of thinking at specific times.Philosophy is a combination of two Greek words philos which are the words of Love and sophia which means wisdom.It can be defined in different ways according to that articular Philosopher.In courses it is catogorised into three concepts:Metaphysics which is the matter of being;Epistemology which is the concept of  knowledge;and Axiology.
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Jack Champion answered

Philosophy (after about a year of studying) I have finally come to the rather simple phrase yet almost full meaning... Philosophy is simply the study of ideas!

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Raheel Farooq answered
Philosophy is perhaps the most venerable task that humanity has been assigned. Man is distinguished from animals virtually by his mere reason. And the most refined and essential form of reason is Philosophy.

Etymologically, philosophy comes from Greek and means "Love of Knowledge." This meaning has contributed in a very significant but almost intangible way to my concept of philosophy.
In order to make you get this point properly, let me fist explain what the word knowledge means to me. Generally knowledge is not considered distinct from "data" or "information." Actually, data or information is only something getting in your mind via five senses. For example:
1. Socrates was given hemlock for questioning the Athenian conventions.
2. Bruno Was put to fire for writing philosophy.
But this is not knowledge. Instead, if we say:

Free thinkers have often to face formidable consequences.
It'll be knowledge in the pure sense of the word. Hence, we can maintain now that knowledge is the generalization that results from our mind's processing of the contents of sense experiences. And this is whose love captivates the genius of a true philosopher.
It should be kept in mind that a generalized proposition may serve as a good premise as well and, as a matter of fact, it often does. Ergo, Philosophy is the name of being constantly in quest of highest possible generalizations that a particular time and situation allow. Don't you think it's too dynamic? Personally, I think it should be; it has to be; it is.
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Justin Darkly answered
Understanding why we believe something we believe in. You can philosophize about anything.

You try and break down to the root of a believe and see if you believe it also.
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