a particular system of principles for the conduct of life; theory or analysis of the principles underlying conduct, thought, knowledge, and the nature of the universe (including ethics, aesthetics, logic, epistemology, metaphysics)
ies the search for truth and knowledge concerning the universe, human existance, perception and behaviour, persued by means of reflection, reasoning and arguement. [Gr philosophia, love of wisdom, philo, love + sophia, wisdom
An analysis of the ground of and concepts expressing fundamental beliefs; pursuit of wisdom; a search for a general understanding of values and reality by chiefly speculative rather than observational . Philosophy is the study or creation of theories about the nature of existence, knowledge, thought, etc or about how people should live and behave . (See â€˜Doctrineâ€™)
The use of reason and argument in seeking truth and knowledge of reality, especially of the causes and nature of things and of the principles governing existence, the material universe, perception of physical phenomena and human behavior.
Philosophy concerns itself with what is the best way to live (ethics), what sorts of things really exist and what are their true natures (metaphysics), what is to count as genuine knowledge (epistemology), and what are the correct principles of reasoning (logic).
Philosophy Research Base is a meta-index of Internet philosophy resources linking to philosophy sites designed and maintained by Danne Polk of Villanova University. While this site has some impressive features, it is weak in non-western philosophy. For better coverage of world philosophy, try also: Voice of the Shuttle - Philosophy Page. For Reference: The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy and (still under development): Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.