A conceptual study that attempts to understand reality and answer fundamental questions about knowledge, existence, life, morality, and human nature. Philosophy deals with issues that generally are not subject to investigation through experimental verification. It focuses on questions which cannot be answered by means of observation alone. See also → philosophy of science.
From O.Fr. filosofie "philosophy, knowledge," from L. philosophia, from Gk. philosophia "love of wisdom," from philo- "loving" combining form of philos "dear; friend," from philein "to love," of unknown origin, + sophia "knowledge, wisdom," from sophis "wise, learned;" of unknown origin.
Falsafé, from Ar. falsafah, loan from Gk. philosophia, as above.
philosophy of science
falsafe-ye dâneš (#)
Fr.: philosophie des sciences
The critical study of the basic principles and concepts of a particular branch of knowledge. The philosophy of science is particularly concerned with the nature of scientific facts, the structure of scientific statements, and relations between them.