world soul

"animism" has been applied to many different philosophical systems. It is used to describe Aristotle's view of the relation of soul and body held also by the stoics and scholastics. On the other hand monadology (Leibniz) has also been termed animistic. The name is most commonly applied to vitalism, which makes life, or life and mind, the directive principle in evolution and growth, holding that life is not merely mechanical but that there is a directive force which guides energy without altering its amount. An entirely different class of ideas, also termed animistic, is the belief in the world soul, held by Plato, Schelling and others. Lastly, in discussions of religion, "animism" refers to the belief in indwelling souls or spirits, particularly so-called "primitive" religions which consider everything to be inhabited by spirits.

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  • world soul — n. a universal animating principle conceived of as analogous to the soul of a person …   English World dictionary

  • world soul — world′ soul′ n. ear the animating principle or the moving force of the universe • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • world soul — noun : a spiritual being having the same relation to the world as a whole that the soul has to the individual being : an animating spirit or creative principle of the universe related to the world as the human soul is to the body : an intelligent …   Useful english dictionary

  • World-Soul — ▪ religion       soul ascribed to the physical universe, on the analogy of the soul ascribed to human beings and other living organisms. This concept of a spiritual principle, intelligence, or mind present in the world s body received its… …   Universalium

  • world soul — noun Date: 1844 an animating spirit or creative principle related to the world as the soul is to the individual being …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • world soul — the animating principle or the moving force of the universe; world spirit. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • world-soul — See panpsychism …   Philosophy dictionary

  • soul — [sōl] n. [ME soule < OE sawol, akin to Ger seele, Goth saiwala < Gmc * saiwalo, lit., ? that belonging to the sea (< * saiwa > SEA): from the early Gmc belief that souls originate in and return to the sea] 1. an entity which is… …   English World dictionary

  • soul kiss — ☆ soul kiss n. FRENCH KISS soul kiss vt., vi …   English World dictionary

  • soul music — ☆ soul music n. Informal SOUL (n. 9c) …   English World dictionary

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