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The etymology of philosopher, one who practices the art of philosophy, meaning wisdom in relation to the divine fire of love; both terms based on the root phi- (NE:510), symbol: Φ, the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet, which is the secret name of the Ptah (NE:510), the god of divine fire, in reference to his life-giving fire drill; the root sophos "wise", of sophia, derives from Egyptian "Maa", or natural moral order.

In arts, philosophy (CR:722) (LH:5) (TL:727), from Greek philo- (Φίλο-) meaning “loving”[1], from phi- (NE:510), aka Ptah’s secret name, code for his life-giving solar fire drill, + -sophia, Greek: σοφία (NE:781), from the noun sophos, Greek: σοφός (NE:1040), meaning “wise” (Barry, 1999), is the art of reasoning or the "reasoning art" (Aurelius, 167AD).[2]


In 520BC, Pythagoras, according to an anecdotal report by Heraclides Ponticus, invented the word “philosophia”.[3]


The following are related quotes:

Reason and the ‘reasoning art’ (philosophy) are powers which are sufficient for themselves and for their own works. They move then from a first principle which is their own, and they make their way to the end which is proposed to them; and this is the reason why such acts are named Catorthoseis or right acts, which word signifies that they proceed by the right road.”
Marcus Aurelius (167AD), Meditations (§:5.12, pg. 152)[2]
Philosophy should trample underfoot prejudice, tradition, antiquity, shared covenants, authority, in a word, every thing that controls the ‘mind’ of the common herd.”
Denis Diderot (c.1760), Publication[4]

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See also


  1. Liddell, Henry; Scott, Robert. (1882). An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon (pg. 863). Publisher.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Aurelius, Marcus. (167AD). Meditations (translator: George Long) (pg. 152). Comelius, 1882.
  3. Burkert, Walter. (1972). Lore and Science in Ancient Pythagoreanism (pg. 77). Harvard.
  4. Curran, Andrew. (2019). “Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely” (YT), Talks at Google, Sep 5.

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