1 metaphysics, epistemology, logic, natural or moral or metaphysical philosophy, rationalism, thinking, aesthetics:
He views philosophy as the attempt to describe and codify universal truths
2 viewpoint, (point of) view, outlook, opinion, attitude, feeling, sentiment, idea, notion, ideology, (set of) beliefs or values, tenets, Weltanschauung, world-view:
Harold's philosophy of life is 'Live and let live'.
3 stoicism, sang-froid, control, self-control, restraint, coolness, composure, calmness, serenity, placidity, cool-headedness, equanimity, thoughtfulness, imperturbability, self-possession, aplomb, dispassion, patience, resignation:
You may be sure that Paul allows nothing to disturb his philosophy.
1 study of ideas about the meaning of life
ancient, classical | contemporary, modern | Eastern, Western | experimental, moral, natural
political, religious, social
the philosophy of history/religion/science
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of study do, read, study ~ do ~
is more commonly used with school subjects (but may also be used with university subjects):She did maths, physics and chemistry at school.
is used with both school and university subjects:He studied German at school. She went on to study mathematics at university.
is only used with university subjects and is quite formal:She was educated privately and at Pembroke College, where she read classics.
lecture in, teach ~
He taught music at a school in Edinburgh.
Other verbs used withsubjectcan also be used with particular subjects of study:Half the students take geography at A level. We offer accounting as a subsidiary course.
~ degree, a degree/diploma in ~
a law degree a higher diploma in fine art
~ class, course, lecture, lesson
The genetics lectures are on a different campus.
~ department, a/the department of ~
All enquiries should be made to the Department of Architecture.
~ graduate, student, undergraduate
Some architecture graduates gain further qualifications in specialist fields.
~ lecturer, teacher, tutor
He's an English teacher at Highland Road School.
~ professor, (a) professor of ~
She's professor of linguistics at the University of Wales.
the study of ~
The study of philosophy helps you to think critically.
He got As in history and art.
2 particular system of beliefs
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
developing a personal philosophy
| articulate | adopt, embrace, espouse | reject
PHILOSOPHY + VERB
inform sth, underlie sth, underpin sth
the philosophy underlying the education system
the management philosophy which prevailed at that time
The new measures were introduced with no explanation of the philosophy behind them.
a philosophy of life/mind
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