worldview

worldview
   Derived from the German term Weltanshauung, the word 'worldview' refers to the set of basic beliefs that shape the way one views the world. Given their fundamental status, these beliefs are typically argued from rather than argued for, though it would seem that one worldview can be abandoned for another, a process one might call 'conversion'. The concept of worldview shares a family resemblance with other widely used terms current in philosophy including 'conceptual scheme' and 'paradigm'. Like those other terms, it has occasionally raised the concern of relativism. Within a realist context, however, the concept has become influential within Christian thought, particularly through the influence of Dutch Reformed theologian Abraham Kuyper.
   Further reading: Dewitt 2004; Kuyper 1932; Naugle 2002

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