Noun philosophy has 3 senses
  1. doctrine, philosophy, philosophical system, school of thought, ism - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
    --1 is a kind of belief
    --1 has particulars:
     nuclear deterrence; Kabbalism, Cabalism; abolitionism; absolutism; amoralism; animalism; animism; antiestablishmentarianism, antiestablishmentism; asceticism; creationism; creed, credo; dogma; dualism; dynamism; epicureanism; establishmentarianism, establishmentism; ethicism; expansionism; formalism; functionalism; gospel; gymnosophy; imitation; individualism, laissez faire; internationalism; unilateralism; irredentism, irridentism; literalism; majority rule, democracy; monism; multiculturalism; nationalism; nationalism; nihilism; pacifism, passivism; pluralism; populism; presentism; rationalism, freethinking; reformism; humanism, secular humanism; humanitarianism, humanism; egalitarianism, equalitarianism; feminism; reincarnationism; secessionism; secularism; phenomenology; philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory; states' rights; teaching, precept, commandment; theological doctrine, religious doctrine; utilitarianism; religious doctrine, church doctrine, gospel, creed; millennium
  2. philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
    --2 is a kind of
    humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts, arts
    --2 has particulars:
     ethics, moral philosophy; etiology, aetiology; aesthetics, esthetics; axiology; jurisprudence, law, legal philosophy; metaphysics; dialectic; logic; epistemology; transcendentalism, transcendental philosophy
    Derived forms: verb philosophize1, verb philosophise1
  3. philosophy - any personal belief about how to live or how to deal with a situation; "self-indulgence was his only philosophy"; "my father's philosophy of child-rearing was to let mother do it"
    --3 is a kind of