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 animating, indwelling principle of the cosmos held to be its organizing or integrating cause or its source of motion — compare absolute 2a(1), atman, nous 1a

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the animating principle or the moving force of the universe; world spirit.
[1840-50]

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world soul or world spirit,
the animating principle that informs the physical world.

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n. Philosophy the immanent cause or principle of life, order, consciousness, and self-awareness in the physical world
Origin:
mid 19th cent.: translating German Weltgeist

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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