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World, Views of the
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The German term Weltanschauung (“world-view"), which has been widely used in English, has been taken in many ways. Wilhelm Dilthey, one of the main representatives of “life-philosophy”, compares a Welt-anschauung with a lyrical poem and its context: It is à “setting, a series of feelings, and hence frequently a desire, drive and activity” (“Die Typen der Weltanschauungen Weltanschauung, ed. by M. Frischeisen Köhler [1911], p. 12). Thus a world-view includes a world-picture and becomes an “evaluation of life” and an “understanding of the world”, and fi…

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Marcel Reding, “World, Views of the”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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