Tag: Worldview

What is a Worldview?


21 March 2001

The meaning of the term worldview (also world-view, world view, and
German Weltanschauung) seems self-evident: an intellectual
perspective on the world or universe. Indeed, the 1989 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary
defines world-view as a
“… contemplation of the world, [a] view of life
…” The OED defines Weltanschauung
(literally, a perception of the world) as “… [a]
particular philosophy of life; a concept of the world
held by an individual or a group …” 

In Types and Problems of
, Hunter Mead defines Weltanschauung

[a]n all-inclusive world-view or outlook. A
somewhat poetic term to indicate either an articulated
system of philosophy or a more or less unconscious
attitude toward life and the world …

In his
article on the philosopher Wilhelm Dilthy in The Encyclopedia of
, H.P. Rickman writes

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