This definition comes from the Collier's Encyclopedia 1998 Multimedia Edition Dictionary:


phi•los•o•phy phi•los•o•phies [abbr.: ]phil. philos.


             a.Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual

               means and moral self-discipline.

             b.The investigation of causes and laws

               underlying reality.

             c.A system of philosophical inquiry or


        2.Inquiry into the nature of things based on logical

          reasoning rather than empirical methods.

        3.The critique and analysis of fundamental beliefs as

          they come to be conceptualized and formulated.

        4.The synthesis of all learning.

        5.All learning except technical precepts and

          practical arts.

        6.All the disciplines presented in university

          curriculums of science and the liberal arts, except

          medicine, law, and theology.

        7.The science comprising logic, ethics, aesthetics,

          metaphysics, and epistemology.

        8.A system of motivating concepts or principles: the

          philosophy of a culture.

        9.A basic theory; a viewpoint: an original

          philosophy of advertising.

       10.The system of values by which one lives: has an

          unusual philosophy of life.