Definition of philosopher in English:

philosopher

Pronunciation /fəˈläsəfər/ /fəˈlɑsəfər/

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noun

  • A person engaged or learned in philosophy, especially as an academic discipline.

    ‘Plato has a claim to be the first philosopher to establish philosophy as a subject.’
    • ‘The noun Dasein is used by other philosophers, by Kant for example, for the existence of any entity.’
    • ‘Conferences of philosophers on determinism and freedom aren't the same as they used to be.’
    • ‘Spinoza the philosopher emerged in his true colours through the work of Schelling and Hegel.’
    • ‘So far as we know, Socrates was the first philosopher to make prominent the question of how to live well.’
    • ‘German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer was one of history's great pessimists.’
    • ‘The philosopher Hannah Arendt concluded that evil lay in the refusal to think.’
    • ‘Some philosophers say they do not know what the thesis of determinism is.’
    • ‘Some philosophers will find implausible the claim that contextualism is the cure for relativism.’
    • ‘The primary source is what scientists and philosophers have said about scientific method.’
    • ‘Future generations may or may not judge Wittgenstein to be one of the great philosophers.’
    • ‘Descartes, of course, was not the first philosopher to view the body with disdain.’
    • ‘So philosophers take the risk of nihilism and existential dread because the allure of wonder is too great.’
    • ‘It seems to me that philosophers are often criticized for always demanding rational explanations.’
    • ‘Some of them tried to replace religion by a secular morality that owed much to the German philosopher Kant.’
    • ‘Zeno was a pupil and friend of the philosopher Parmenides and studied with him in Elea.’
    • ‘Some philosophers contend that death is a harm inasmuch as it thwarts a central desire: to stay alive.’
    • ‘As is the hallowed custom with philosophers, the thinking of all of them is by nature unhistorical.’
    • ‘I need to brace myself before I throw myself at the modern continental philosophers.’
    • ‘Do any of you know of any philosophers that seem to be more or less Buddhist in outlook?’
    thinker, theorist, theorizer, theoretician, philosophizer, metaphysicist, metaphysician, epistemologist, dialectician, logician
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Origin

Middle English from a variant of Old French philosophe, via Latin from Greek philosophos ‘lover of wisdom’, from philein ‘to love’ + sophos ‘wise’.