1. A framework of thought, a model, pattern or example used to understand and explain certain aspects of reality. 2. Includes a common set of beliefs, theories, concepts, practices, values, assumptions and agreements that constitute a way of viewing reality. 3. A model.
1. The study of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning. 2. A system of thought based on or involving such study. 3. The study of the theoretical underpinnings of a particular field or discipline: the philosophy of history. 4. An underlying theory or set of ideas relating to a particular field of activity or to life as a whole.