Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or based on a system of philosophy.
  • adj. Characteristic of a philosopher, as in equanimity, enlightenment, and wisdom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or pertaining to, philosophy.
  • adj. Rational; analytic or critically-minded; thoughtful.
  • adj. Detached, calm, stoic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Philosophic.
  • Relating or belonging to philosophy or philosophers; proceeding from, based on, in keeping with, or used in philosophy or in philosophic study or research: as, a philosophical argument.
  • Befitting a philosopher; calm; temperate; wise; controlled by reason; undisturbed by passion; self-controlled.
  • Pertaining to or used in the study of natural philosophy: as, philosophical apparatus; a. philosophical instrument.
  • n. A student of philosophy; a philosopher.
  • n. plural Philosophical studies; philosophy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to philosophy or philosophers
  • adj. characterized by the attitude of a philosopher; meeting trouble with level-headed detachment

Etymologies

From philosophy +‎ -ical, from Ancient Greek φιλοσοφία (philosophia, "love of knowledge, scientific learning") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ‘I imagine, ’ he said, ‘that no sort of activity is likely to be lasting if it is not founded on self-interest, that’s a universal principle, a philosophical principle, ’ he said, repeating the word ‘philosophical’ with determination, as though wishing to show that he had as much right as any one else to talk of philosophy.

    Chapter III. Part III

  • The suggestion won't end the debate over Dos Santos's roster decisions, which he called a philosophical matter.

    Dos Santos: NCC needs four teams, semifinals

  • ABOUT ONCE OR TWICE each year I sat Ian down for what I called a philosophical discussion about archaeology.

    The Goddess and the Bull

  • As such a way of looking is supposed to be both comprehensive and orderly, it is more or less what we call philosophical, but the points of view are so special and so various that the result is not always what we call a philosophical system.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 2

  • Shelley, however, did not despair of succeeding in making Byron some day give up what he termed his philosophical errors, and his persistency earned for him the appellation of "serpent" which Byron gave him in jest.

    Lord Byron jugé par les témoins de sa vie. English

  • Kuhn's Protoscience A stage in the development of a science that is described by: • somewhat random fact gathering (mainly of readily accessible data) • a "morass" of interesting, trivial, irrelevant observations • A variety of theories (that are spawned from what he calls philosophical speculation) that provide little guidance to data gathering only the wisest and stupidest of men never change Confucius

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  • While auFeminin relies heavily on Google's search engine as a source of traffic, Ms. Sauty de Chalon was quick to point out what she described as philosophical differences between auFeminin and U.S.

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  • She says the board had many issues with the proposal, including accessibility, preserving green space and what she describes as a philosophical change for the block, which was set aside to preserve intellectual freedom and freedom of speech.

    KCPW

  • Since novels and short stories inherently equivocate, unavoidably qualify and make ambiguous anything that might be straightforwardly "said," anyone who wants to "comment" on social life or engage in philosophical speculation would be well advised to do so more directly than fiction allows.

    Principles of Literary Criticism

  • In my opinion truly experimental or innovative or adventurous fiction attempts to expand the possibilities of fiction as a literary form and does so for the sake of the form itself, not to amplify social or cultural criticism or to intervene in philosophical debates (although these things might be an indirect effect, as is often enough the case in all worthwhile fiction).

    "I Wouldn't Explain"

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