Philosophy is “a general term whose meaning and scope has varied considerable according to the usage of different authors and different ages.”
The tradition which first coined the term was the Ancient Greek word φιλοσοφία to Pythagoras, literally meaning “love of wisdom”.
“A specific sense of the word first meets us in Plato, who defines the philosopher as one who apprehends the essence of reality of things in opposition to the man who dwells in appearances and the shows of sense. The philosophers, he says, “those who are able to grasp the eternal and immutable”; they are “those who set their affection on that which in each case really exists.” “In sum, then, we may say that “philosophy” has come to be understood at least in modern times as a general term covering the various disciplines just enumerated.” Today, it has been divided into several traditions and sub-branches. These philosophies have helped influenced our thoughts on liberty and dignity which is why we have included them in our collection.