Definition of Philosopher

1. Noun. A specialist in philosophy.

Category relationships: Philosophy
Specialized synonyms: Nativist, Cynic, Eclectic, Eclecticist, Empiricist, Epistemologist, Aesthetician, Esthetician, Ethician, Ethicist, Existential Philosopher, Existentialist, Existentialist Philosopher, Gymnosophist, Libertarian, Mechanist, Moralist, Naturalist, Necessitarian, Nominalist, Pluralist, Pre-socratic, Realist, Scholastic, Sophist, Stoic, Transcendentalist, Yogi, Karl Popper, Popper, Sir Karl Raimund Popper
Generic synonyms: Bookman, Scholar, Scholarly Person, Student
Specialized synonyms: Abelard, Peter Abelard, Pierre Abelard, Anaxagoras, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Arendt, Hannah Arendt, Aristotle, Abul-walid Mohammed Ibn-ahmad Ibn-mohammed Ibn-roshd, Averroes, Ibn-roshd, Abu Ali Al-husain Ibn Abdallah Ibn Sina, Avicenna, Ibn-sina, 1st Baron Verulam, Bacon, Baron Verulam, Francis Bacon, Sir Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Albans, Bentham, Jeremy Bentham, Bergson, Henri Bergson, Henri Louis Bergson, Berkeley, Bishop Berkeley, George Berkeley, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, Boethius, Bruno, Giordano Bruno, Buber, Martin Buber, Cassirer, Ernst Cassirer, Cleanthes, Auguste Comte, Comte, Isidore Auguste Marie Francois Comte, Condorcet, Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas Caritat, Marquis De Condorcet, Confucius, K'ung Futzu, Kong The Master, Kongfuze, Democritus, Derrida, Jacques Derrida, Descartes, Rene Descartes, Dewey, John Dewey, Denis Diderot, Diderot, Diogenes, Empedocles, Epictetus, Epicurus, Ernst Heinrich Haeckel, Haeckel, David Hartley, Hartley, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Hegel, Heraclitus, Herbart, Johann Friedrich Herbart, Herder, Johann Gottfried Von Herder, Hobbes, Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, Hume, Edmund Husserl, Husserl, Hypatia, James, William James, Immanuel Kant, Kant, Kierkegaard, Soren Aabye Kierkegaard, Soren Kierkegaard, Lao-tse, Lao-tzu, Lao-zi, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Leibnitz, Leibniz, John Locke, Locke, Lucretius, Titus Lucretius Carus, Lully, Ramon Lully, Raymond Lully, Ernst Mach, Mach, Machiavelli, Niccolo Machiavelli, Maimonides, Moses Maimonides, Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon, Malebranche, Nicolas De Malebranche, Herbert Marcuse, Marcuse, Karl Marx, Marx, George Herbert Mead, Mead, John Mill, John Stuart Mill, Mill, James Mill, Mill, Baron De La Brede Et De Montesquieu, Charles Louis De Secondat, Montesquieu, G. E. Moore, George Edward Moore, Moore, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Nietzsche, Occam, Ockham, William Of Occam, William Of Ockham, Origen, Jose Ortega Y Gasset, Ortega Y Gasset, Parmenides, Blaise Pascal, Pascal, Charles Peirce, Charles Sanders Peirce, Peirce, Perry, Ralph Barton Perry, Plato, Plotinus, Pythagoras, Quine, W. V. Quine, Willard Van Orman Quine, Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Reid, Thomas Reid, Jean-jacques Rousseau, Rousseau, Bertrand Arthur William Russell, Bertrand Russell, Earl Russell, Russell, Arthur Schopenhauer, Schopenhauer, Albert Schweitzer, Schweitzer, Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Seneca, Socrates, Herbert Spencer, Spencer, Oswald Spengler, Spengler, Baruch De Spinoza, Benedict De Spinoza, De Spinoza, Spinoza, Rudolf Steiner, Steiner, Dugald Stewart, Stewart, Rabindranath Tagore, Sir Rabindranath Tagore, Tagore, Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, Teilhard De Chardin, Thales, Thales Of Miletus, Theophrastus, Simone Weil, Weil, Alfred North Whitehead, Whitehead, Bernard Arthur Owen Williams, Sir Bernard Williams, Williams, Ludwig Josef Johan Wittgenstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Wittgenstein, Xenophanes, Zeno, Zeno Of Citium, Zeno, Zeno Of Elea
Derivative terms: Philosophic, Philosophy

2. Noun. A wise person who is calm and rational; someone who lives a life of reason with equanimity.

Definition of Philosopher

1. n. One who philosophizes; one versed in, or devoted to, philosophy.

Definition of Philosopher

1. Noun. A person devoted to studying and producing results in philosophy. ¹

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Definition of Philosopher

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Medical Definition of Philosopher

1. 1. One who philosophizes; one versed in, or devoted to, philosophy. "Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him." (Acts xvii. 18) 2. One who reduces the principles of philosophy to practice in the conduct of life; one who lives according to the rules of practical wisdom; one who meets or regards all vicissitudes with calmness. 3. An alchemist. Philosopher's stone, an imaginary stone which the alchemists formerly sought as instrument of converting the baser metals into gold. Origin: OE. Philosophre, F. Philosophe, L. Philosophus, Gr.; loving + wise. Cf. Philosophy. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Philosopher

philosopher (current term)
philosopher's game
philosopher's stone
philosopher's wool
philosopher king
philosophia perennis
philosophical doctrine
philosophical method
philosophical system
philosophical theory

Literary usage of Philosopher

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"ATHENAGORAS, Christian philosopher of Athens, who wrote in Greek an 'Apology for the Christians,' addressed to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, in 177. ..."

2. The Republic of Plato by Plato, Benjamin Jowett (1881)
"At the commencement of the sixth book, Plato anticipated his explanation of the relation of the philosopher to the world in an allegory; in this, ..."

3. The Republic of Plato: Tr by Plato (1909)
""Doubtless they will do that," he replied. 495 "Will it be possible, then, for our youth, so circumstanced, to be a philosopher ..."

4. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David Hume (1890)
"... by commentators and exponents of the last true philosopher, if it has been his mission to construct ; if it has ..beeh- sceptical, by writers who ..."

5. Erewhon: Or, Over the Range by Samuel Butler (1917)
"About six or seven hundred years, however, after the death of the old prophet, a philosopher appeared, who, though he did not claim to have any ..."

6. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1854)
"LEO VI., THE philosopher. Of the four sons of the emperor, Constantine died before his father, whose grief and credulity were amused by a flattering ..."

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