The immanent cause or principle of life, order, consciousness, and self-awareness in the physical world.
- ‘This world-soul makes the cosmos a living rational being, a god.’
- ‘Is there only one being in apparently separate parts; a world soul penetrating all things which we're simply too limited in mentality to recognize?’
- ‘As to the world soul, or merely to the intrinsic value of all things, various religions and philosophers have been postulating the idea since way, way back in the mists of history.’
Mid 19th century: translating German Weltgeist.