Definition of Umwelt in English:



  • (in ethology) the world as it is experienced by a particular organism.

    • ‘As a result, the landscape Muldrow perceives, filtered through his dreams and his Umwelt, is drastically different from that which is visible to most humans.’
    • ‘The archipelago of real times presented to us by the temporal Umwelt does not tend towards the zero of neutralization, of reciprocal dampening, but rather towards explosion and diffusion.’
    • ‘Although Marin has gone back to the starkness and repetitions of Beckett in Umwelt, her other, newer inspiration is the 17 th-century philosopher Spinoza, whose Ethics she read two years ago.’
    • ‘That is why I was so bowled over by Heidegger's stunning analysis of the Umwelt, the round-about-me everyday world in which ‘I’, in each case, dwell.’


German, literally environment.