philosophy

noun
1 study of ideas about the meaning of life
ADJECTIVE
ancient, classical, Enlightenment, medieval
contemporary, modern
Buddhist, Chinese, Christian, Greek, Hindu, Islamic, etc.
Eastern, Western
judicial, moral, natural (historical), political, religious, social, etc.

the attraction of Marxism as a social philosophy

analytic, existential, feminist, postmodern, etc.
PHRASES
the philosophy of history, religion, science, etc.
2 particular system of beliefs
ADJECTIVE
competing, differing
governing, guiding, prevailing

humanism—the prevailing philosophy today in the Western world

basic, core, general, underlying
homespun (esp. BrE), simple

the homespun philosophy that kept her going during this difficult period

personal
corporate
conservative, liberal
design, economic, educational, management, market, political, religious, social

a furniture-maker's design philosophy

VERB + PHILOSOPHY
develop, formulate

Over the years he has developed his own personal philosophy.

articulate
adopt, embrace, espouse, follow
share

We share the same guiding philosophy.

reflect

Does this in any way reflect your own philosophy?

reject
base sth on

These ideas are based on his political philosophy.

PHILOSOPHY + VERB
guide sth, influence sth, inform sth, underlie sth, underpin sth

the philosophy underlying the education system

PREPOSITION
philosophy behind

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

PHRASES
a philosophy of life, a philosophy of mind

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