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A calque of German Weltanschauung, equivalent to world +‎ view.


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worldview (plural worldviews)

  1. One's personal view of the world and how one interprets it.
  2. The totality of one's beliefs about reality.
  3. A general philosophy or view of life.
    • 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light:Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, page 7:
      Human beings feel safe and secure when they can stand confidently in the center of things, either in the center of an age or in the center of a class of people with a common world-view, but when they come to an edge, they feel nervous and unsettled.
    • 1986, Piotr Buczkowski; Andrzej Klawiter, editors, Theories of Ideology and Ideology of Theories[1], Rodopi, →ISBN, ISSN 0303-8157, page 57:
      The Enlightment worldview, which considered the order of "Nature" as a basis and, at the same time, the subject of explorations of scientific natural sciences, has, at the same time, considered this order as a criterion of the artistically-aesthetic qualities of art. From an "ideological" point of view, it liberated art from its feudal religious and courtly servitude.
    The Elizabethan worldview differs from a modern worldview.