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philosophy noun

1 study of ideas about the meaning of life

ADJ. ancient, classical | contemporary, modern | Eastern, Western | experimental, moral, natural (historical), political, religious, social

PHRASES the philosophy of history/religion/science > Note at SUBJECT(for verbs and nouns)

2 particular system of beliefs

ADJ. competing, differing | prevailing humanism?the prevailing philosophy today in the Western world | basic, general, underlying | personal | homespun, simple the homespun philosophy that kept her going during this difficult period | liberal | design, economic, educational, management, market, political, religious, social a furniture-maker's design philosophy

VERB + PHILOSOPHY develop, formulate developing a personal philosophy | articulate | adopt, embrace, espouse | reject

PHILOSOPHY + VERB inform sth, underlie sth, underpin sth the philosophy underlying the education system | prevail the management philosophy which prevailed at that time

PREP. ~ behind The new measures were introduced with no explanation of the philosophy behind them.

PHRASES a philosophy of life/mind