Unity
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1. Concept and nature. Unity is usually defined as the state by which a being is not divided in itself but divided from everything else (indivisio in se et divisio a quolibet alio). Scholastic philosophy then distinguishes between transcendental unity, which is a property of being as such and numerical unity which is limited to corporeal, beings. The above definition, however, reflects certain presuppositions: it comes from the comparison of two or more different beings. To arrive at the full and original concept of unity (transcendental unity), we must go back furth…

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Lourencino-Bruno Puntel, “Unity”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 19 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_004590>
First published online: 2016



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