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  • noun Alternative form of world soul.


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  • And Whitman immerses the past, present and future into the transcendental; that is, his notion of World-Soul, or weltgeist.

    From Whitman to Wilde: A Cultural Perspective on Individualism at the Fin de Si�cle

  • The Neo-Platonists (such as Plotinus, 205-270) taught a world-system of emanation, whereby the One (like Plato's Form of the Good) flowed into Intellect (the realm of the Forms) and from there into the World-Soul and individual souls, and finally into bodies, from where it returned to itself.

    Religion and Morality

  • Third God is the World-Soul (all Platonists, following the Timaeus, believed that the physical world was an ensouled living being).


  • Neo-Platonic ontological trinity; the One, the Logos, and the World-Soul.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The wondrous tale of the Demiurge fashioning the World-Soul is told (Timaeus 35-36); after this psychogony has been completed it serves as model

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Plotinus distinguishes between a lower phase of Soul, Nature, which is the immanent principle of life and gives form to bodies, and the higher World-Soul which orders and adminis - ters the universe spontaneously and without previous planning, deliberation, or choice, in a way which is more like a process of organic growth than the care - fully organized action of a human administrator or craftsman.


  • World-Soul — complete, competent, self-sufficing, exposed to nothing contrary to its nature — this needs no more than a brief word of command, while the governing soul is undeviatingly what its nature makes it wish to be, and, amenable neither to loss nor to addition, knows neither desire nor distress.

    The Six Enneads.

  • Soul in virtue of neighbourhood is more closely modelled upon the Idea uttered by the Divine Intellect, and thus is able to produce order in the movement of the lower realm, one phase [the World-Soul] maintaining the unvarying march [of the kosmic circuit] the other [the soul of the Individual] adopting itself to times and season.

    The Six Enneads.

  • World-Soul there emanated Nature, which is the immediate principle of productivity of material things.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • Everywhere there is partial differentiation, partial darkness, partial unreality; in the intellect, in the World-Soul, in Souls, in the material universe.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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