What is the difference, if any, between the meaning of "a view on" and "a view of"?

Example:

a new view of environmentalism

vs.

A new view on Environmentalism

Both can be found with more or less frequency on the web, and the same on Google Ngram

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    For all practical purposes of and on are equivalent and interchangeable here, but of is far more common. – FumbleFingers Nov 8 at 16:47
  • I don't understand how ngram works. If you actually click on the example results, there are several more hits for "view on the matter." – HiddenBabel Nov 8 at 18:09

Although not every speaker might recognize or accept these distinctions, I would understand a view of to mean "understanding of" or "attitude towards" and a view on to mean "opinion with respect to".

They are essentially the same.


But if you want to draw some kind of distinction, of is used in a more literal sense:

I have a good view of the park from my window.

Meanwhile, on is used more figuratively (although of can also be used figuratively):

After the discussion, I have a better view on how it works.

Still, for practical purposes they are mostly interchangeable.

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