'Philosophy' and 'Philology'


In earlier contemplations logies were placed against sophies. Logies thereby can be considered as parts of academic knowledge gathering while sophies can be considered as parts of contemplative wisdom development. Logies are logical, materialistic, rational and concrete and sophies are wise, spiritualistic, intuitive and abstract.1

As such we shall in the future contemplative sciences find as subjects of contemplation for instance theosophy as the wisdom about God and anthroposophy as the wisdom about man. And within the academic sciences we find at present their counterparts in theology as the logic about God and anthropology as the logic about man.

The postfix 'sophy' thus in English every time indicates a wisdom science and the postfix 'logy' a logical science. Nevertheless there are at present at least two exceptions, namely the indications 'philosophy' and 'philology'. 'Philosophy is considered to indicate a love ('filo') for wisdom ('sophy') and 'philology' a love ('filo') for words ('logy').2

So where in words like 'theology' and 'theosophy' the first word part is substantive and the second word part attributive, there this is the other way around in the words 'philosophy' and 'philology'. This is not consistent and principal and may thus be taken as an unauthentic word composition. In line with a word like 'paedophilia', which indicates a love for children ('paedo') and which does let the first word part be substantive and the second word part attributive, a love for wisdom should be indicated with a word like 'sophiophilia' and a love for words with a word like 'logophilia'. A word like 'philosophy' then could be reserved for the contemplative science which develops the wisdom about love and a word like 'philology' for the academic science that explains the logic about love.

Now it is so that philias do not belong to the academic sciences, which only conduct logies. The above mentioned 'sophiophilia' and 'logophilia' are thus not words that can be used to indicate academic sciences. When within the academy wisdom is reasoned a name like 'sophiology' is suitable, and when there words are reasoned a word like 'logology' can be used.3

Within the contemplative sciences then may for the contemplation on wisdom 'sophiosophy' be used and for the contemplation on words (or logic) 'logosophy'.

Nevertheless the difference between sophies and philias is less distinct than the difference between logies and philias. Wisdom and love may indeed each lay their own emphasis but can never really be separated from each other.4 Without logophilia no logosophy can take place, like without logosophy there will be no logophilia. In that sense every sophy can be considered as a philo-sophy, like for instance an anthroposophy in that sense can be considered an anthropo-philo-sophy. However because the composed word 'philosophy' by its history has become semantically contaminated and because 'logic' is easer to contrast with the singular 'wisdom' than with the composed 'love-wisdom' is the singular term 'sophy' for the distinction with the term 'logy' defendable.

Let us below briefly sum up the above findings in a table.

Word (part) Meaning
Logy Logic
Sophy Wisdom
Philia Love
Philo-sophy Love-wisdom
Logology Logic about logic
Logosophy Wisdom about logic
Logophilia Love for logic
Sophiology Logic about wisdom
Sophiosophy Wisdom about wisdom
Sophiophilia Love for wisdom
Philology Logic about love
Philosophy Wisdom about love
Philophilia Love for love

Figure 1.

Summarized it can be stated that the academic terms 'philosophy' and 'philology' can best be replaced by the terms 'sophiology' and 'logology', for after all the regarded academic researches regard rather the logic about wisdom and the logic about the word than the wisdom about love and the logic about love. The remaining words then can be reserved for when their own applications come into the picture.