Meaning of philosophia prima in English:

philosophia prima

Pronunciation /fɪlə(ʊ)ˌsɒfɪə ˈpriːmə/


  • The study of the most general philosophical truths; specifically metaphysics, the study of the nature of divinity and eternity.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Francis Bacon (1561–1626), lord chancellor, politician, and philosopher. From post-classical Latin philosophia prima first philosophy from classical Latin philosophia + prīma, feminine of prīmus, after ancient Greek ἡ πρώτη ϕιλοσοϕία metaphysics (Aristotle).