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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The term "philosophy" comes from two two Greek words "philos" and "sophia."  As already explained, this helps to make philosophy a "love of wisdom."  I think that this is where philosophy has to be considered a form of wisdom.  It is a branch that is dedicated to analysis and thoughts.  When we try to understand what wisdom is, knowledge is a part of this.  Philosophy certainly contains this.  Reflect in your own experience how philosophy contains knowledge within it.  Additionally, I think that the concept of wisdom would probably also refer to the idea of insight or some type of a type of high powered precision of thought.  This reflective element is also in philosophy.  Philosophers have spent pages upon pages, books upon books, analyzing and critiquing ideas that reflect a great deal of insight and deep reflection on topics.  It is no mistake that thinkers like Descartes wrote "Meditations."  In this light, I think that philosophy has to be considered a form of wisdom.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Philosophy and wisdom are most certainly related to one another in a very close way. I would say that philosophy is more of a search for wisdom. Philosophers (or "thinkers") try to gain or attain wisdom by searching and discovering the meanings of things such as the universe or love (among many other things). Wisdom comes with attaining knowledge and this is one of the principles of philosophy. When a philosopher has gathered a great deal of knowledge, then they have acquired some amount of desired wisdom. This is how philosophy is related to wisdom.

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