Definition of Weltanschauung in US English:



  • A particular philosophy or view of life; the worldview of an individual or group.

    • ‘Atheism is the Weltanschauung (comprehensive conception of the world) of persons who are free from theism - i.e., free from religion.’
    • ‘Utopianism I here define as the search for an overarching Weltanschauung, or the embrace of a teleology, of sure and certain ‘progress.’’
    • ‘This is not a book infused with the spirit of extravagant Weltanschauung; although its two favourite philosophers are German, its tone will be familiar to Anglo-American philosophy departments the world over.’
    • ‘It is not easy for us now to grasp how central the image of theatre was to the Elizabethan Weltanschauung.’
    • ‘As a reflection of the general political situation much of the press was closely affiliated with political parties and/or social classes and embodied a specific Weltanschauung, a typical world-view.’
    • ‘Views of the settlers' Weltanschauung - when offered at all - are usually based on generalized notions of peasant culture or on glimpses of peasant thinking that appear in the writings of contemporary literate observers.’
    • ‘It is a striking feature of the capital's Weltanschauung, this earnest faith in the capacity of architecture not merely to symbolize, but somehow to guarantee, good politics.’
    • ‘But, unfortunately for them, they could not get rid of their Weltanschauung, or their ‘mindset’, their Ashkenazic, their German or Slavonic, or European way of thinking.’
    • ‘His overall aim, ambitious in itself and ably accomplished, is rather to elucidate how a focus on art animated the entire Nazi Weltanschauung, along with the cultural and racial policies that stemmed from it.’
    • ‘Yet no elaborate semantics are necessary to find consistency in the Nazi Weltanschauung.’
    • ‘He is at least admirably honest about the cognitive processes he adopted to allow himself to cling to his Weltanschauung.’
    • ‘Sociologists such as Berger point out that religion fulfills its role in part by devising a set of beliefs that together constitute the specifically religious Weltanschauung.’
    • ‘Too easily swayed by the last opinion, I struggled to order my views into one coherent Weltanschauung.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, public opinion supports the view that Nazism and Bolshevism are philosophies - Weltanschauungen implacably opposed to each other.’
    • ‘In other words, they were exposed - at least to some degree - to Weltanschauungen other than the ones they grew up with.’
    beliefs, credo, faith, convictions, ideology, ideas, thinking, notions, theories, doctrine, tenets, values, principles, ethics, attitude, line, view, viewpoint, outlook, world view, school of thought
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German, from Welt ‘world’ + Anschauung ‘perception’.