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n. pl. Welt·an·schau·ungs or Welt·an·schau·ung·en (-o͝ong-ən)

[German : Welt, world (from Middle High German wërlt, from Old High German weralt; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots) + Anschauung, view (from Middle High German anschouwunge, observation, mystical contemplation : an-, on, at from Old High German ana-; see anlage + schouwunge, look, from schouwen, to look at, from Old High German scouwōn).]
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(Philosophy) a comprehensive view or personal philosophy of human life and the universe
[from Welt world + Anschauung view]
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(ˈvɛltˌɑnˌʃaʊ ʊŋ)

n. German.
a comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity's relation to it.
[literally, world-view]
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A German word meaning world view, used to mean someone’s philosophy of life.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Weltanschauung - a comprehensive view of the world and human life
perspective, view, position - a way of regarding situations or topics etc.; "consider what follows from the positivist view"
clockwork universe - the view that the universe resembles a clock built by God and ticking along according to Newtonian mechanics
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References in classic literature ?
It will be remembered that in Schopenhauer's ethics, pity is elevated to the highest place among the virtues, and very consistently too, seeing that the Weltanschauung is a pessimistic one.
However, among the above-mentioned theories, it seems that it is Churchman who has made the greatest impression on Checkland when it comes to the notion of Weltanschauung (Checkland, 1981).
The subtitle the translator gives the poem, la angustia por la muerte ("Anguish over Death"), along with the introduction and notes, alerts the reader to the Weltanschauung of the epic.
While arguing the centrality of Wilson's conception of world order in the idealist Weltanschauung, he frequently takes aspiration for serious thought and never subjects their plans for international organization to rigorous scrutiny.
Al hilo de algunas pinceladas biograficas, los dos primeros capitulos (<<Berlin 1923>>; <<El mundo moderno>>), unificados bajo el epigrafe <<Una catedra en la Universidad de Berlin>>, presentan la christliche-katholische Weltanschauung, pieza clave de toda la arquitectura cognoscitiva de Guardini y su vision de la Modernidad.
What is more, they see it as legitimate to use law as an instrument to socially engineer society in line with their religious Weltanschauung. Some of them are so blatant that they ask minorities to sacrifice some of their freedoms in order to not offend the values and sensibilities of the majority.
Her view of human existence as expressed in her narratives and her personal Weltanschauung is modern and dark.
Pain and suffering: Everything about the anti--Tom Cruise defies the twelve-step weltanschauung. He's got to be one of the most arresting stars of our time.
Lamberth begins in chapter 1, "James's radically empiricist Weltanschauung," by setting forth the basic claims of radical empiricism as they were first clearly and deliberately made public in essays and articles from 1904-5 and which were later collected and published as Essays in Radical Empiricism.
Bertalanffy's concept of 'General Systems Weltanschauung'; 3.
It incorporates a general discussion of seventeenth-century German cultural and literary trends that in turn serves to explain Grimmelshausen's Weltanschauung and the paradoxical position he occupies as a literary and social outsider whose works are none the less representative of his age.
The authors conclude by summarizing the key element in both the Nazi Weltanschauung and its social policy to be the "creation of a hierarchical racial new order" (306).