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  • An individual's or a society's philosophy or conception about the world. Worldviews are subjective outlooks influenced by personal experience, cultural norms, religious beliefs, social philosophies, and political ideologies, and they reflect apprehension as much as comprehension.

    The term is a translation of the German Weltanschauung, with welt meaning “world” and anschauung meaning “outlook” or “view.” According to the writer James Sire, the German term is believed to have been first articulated by the 18th-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant and first elaborated on by the 19th-century German romanticist and empiricist Wilhelm Dilthey.

    Sire, who had written a few books on the subject of worldview in the latter half of the 20th century, reexplores the idea in his 2004 book, Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept. He posits ...

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