Definition of philosophical in English:


(also philosophic)


  • 1Relating or devoted to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.

    ‘philosophical discussions about free will’
    ‘the American Philosophical Society’
    • ‘Zeno devoted all his energies to explain and develop the philosophical system of Parmenides.’
    • ‘The question of whether science causes harm might seem to be an empirical rather than a philosophical one.’
    • ‘The influence of each area of Boethius's philosophical writing was vast in the Middle Ages.’
    • ‘But in the philosophical sense phenomenology is not the letting be seen of entities as they show themselves.’
    • ‘Schopenhauer's philosophical thinking is easiest to grasp if one first sees the backbone that runs right through it.’
    • ‘Do not attribute objective reality or philosophical validity to any of these results, but do try for yourself’
    • ‘Scientific rather than philosophical questions dominated Descartes's work.’
    • ‘Husserl's phenomenology is Derrida's most immediate philosophical heritage.’
    • ‘There are no sources of philosophical knowledge that stand independent of, and prior to, the natural sciences.’
    • ‘The use of category theory for logical and philosophical studies is already well underway.’
    • ‘The phenomenon of philosophical phenomenology is the being of beings or entities.’
    • ‘The semantic notions are the ones that link a formal system to the philosophical problem of the nature of mathematical truth.’
    • ‘So Bon Voyage is not so much a propaganda vehicle as a philosophical essay into the nature of truth.’
    • ‘Stein's approach is philosophical in nature, and he tends to spend more effort on speaking instead of communicating.’
    • ‘Most read him in terms of the German philosophical tradition or existentialism.’
    • ‘The first seven of the philosophical propositions bear on the nature and excellence of philosophy.’
    • ‘The object of the life of study is philosophical or scientific understanding.’
    • ‘Leo saw that the crisis was philosophical in nature and needed the response of Christian philosophy.’
    • ‘Many philosophers today deny that philosophical questions about knowledge have any special character.’
    • ‘A refutation of their particular scientific or philosophical proof of the existence of God would not have shaken their own faith one iota.’
    theoretical, analytical, rational, metaphysical, logical, reasoned, esoteric, scholarly, erudite
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  • 2Having or showing a calm attitude toward disappointments or difficulties.

    ‘he was philosophical about losing the contract’
    • ‘With the benefit of hindsight, I prefer to be philosophical about my experience.’
    • ‘After all, could anyone ever imagine Michael Schumacher being so philosophical about failure to fulfil his goals?’
    • ‘Despite his obvious disappointment, Roe was more philosophical about the incident.’
    • ‘Harry is reasonably philosophical about it but Dolly, as usual, puts the blame entirely on me.’
    • ‘He was equally philosophical about the growing personal criticism that he received.’
    • ‘He was well aware of his mortality and was extremely philosophical about it.’
    • ‘Speaking to the Gazette on the day after the meeting, the artist was philosophical about the council's u-turn.’
    • ‘His experience there exemplifies what he says regarding the need to be philosophical about the photographs that you miss.’
    • ‘The result, he says, was a fairly philosophical attitude to life at an early age, but no more.’
    • ‘He revisits that bitterly disappointing period in his life and is philosophical about what went so wrong.’
    • ‘White also acknowledged that Durham would give them a tough fight but he was philosophical about last Sunday's defeat.’
    • ‘Yorkshire coach Wayne Clark is philosophical about the disappointing start and confident that his team will soon turn the corner.’
    • ‘He is philosophical about the loss of cinemas because there are still many screens - albeit in fewer buildings.’
    • ‘Now selling up this craggy portfolio, the former colonel is philosophical about the fate of the four homes he built on the rocky outcrop.’
    • ‘It's probably best to counter the negative effects of this transit with a philosophical attitude, and to try to keep a sense of humour.’
    • ‘She is absurdly philosophical about it - accepting it as one of God's lessons for her.’
    • ‘I don't know what action to take to feel more philosophical about the situation.’
    • ‘Most seem to be philosophical about the restrictions and have grudgingly accepted the ban.’
    • ‘His squad is optimistic that things are getting better, or at least philosophical about attitudes taking time to change.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago doctors told her she was in remission, but Abigail is philosophical about her situation.’
    calm, composed, cool, collected, cool, calm, and collected, self-possessed, serene, tranquil, placid, stoical, impassive, sober, dispassionate, detached, unemotional, phlegmatic, unperturbed, imperturbable, equable, unruffled, patient, forbearing, long-suffering, tolerant, accommodating, indulgent, easy-going, even-tempered, restrained, fatalistic, unexcitable, resigned, rational, logical, realistic, practical
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