Philosophe



[fil-uh-sof, fil-uh-zof; French fee-law-zawf] /ˈfɪl əˌsɒf, ˌfɪl əˈzɒf; French fi lɔˈzɔf/

noun, plural philosophes
[fil-uh-sofs, fil-uh-zofs; French fee-law-zawf] /ˈfɪl əˌsɒfs, ˌfɪl əˈzɒfs; French fi lɔˈzɔf/ (Show IPA)
1.
any of the popular French intellectuals or social philosophers of the 18th century, as Diderot, Rousseau, or Voltaire.
2.
a philosophaster.
n.

“Enlightenment rationalist and skeptic,” especially in reference to any of the French Encyclopædists, often disparaging (when used by believers), 1774, from French philosophe, literally “philosopher” (see philosopher). Usually italicized in English, but nativized by Peter Gay (“The Enlightenment,” 1966) and others. Also philosophist (1798).

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