Definition of Weltanschauung in English:



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

    • ‘Too easily swayed by the last opinion, I struggled to order my views into one coherent Weltanschauung.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Utopianism I here define as the search for an overarching Weltanschauung, or the embrace of a teleology, of sure and certain ‘progress.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet no elaborate semantics are necessary to find consistency in the Nazi Weltanschauung.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, public opinion supports the view that Nazism and Bolshevism are philosophies - Weltanschauungen implacably opposed to each other.’
    • ‘He is at least admirably honest about the cognitive processes he adopted to allow himself to cling to his Weltanschauung.’
    • ‘Atheism is the Weltanschauung (comprehensive conception of the world) of persons who are free from theism - i.e., free from religion.’
    • ‘In other words, they were exposed - at least to some degree - to Weltanschauungen other than the ones they grew up with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is not easy for us now to grasp how central the image of theatre was to the Elizabethan Weltanschauung.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.