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The term “worldview” covers many different ways of viewing the world. It is used for views, pictures, images, concepts, and orientations toward the world, as suggested by the various Ger. terms Weltanschauung, Weltansicht, Weltbeschreibung, Weltbild, and Weltorientierung. Note also the Fr. science générale (C. H. Saint-Simon [1760–1825]), esprit positif (A. Comte [1798–1857]), and conscience collective (É. Durkheim [1858–1917]), as well as the Eng. “outlooks on life” (J. Dewey [1859–1952]).

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Laeyendecker, Leo and Hübner, Jürgen, “Worldview”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_W.34>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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