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Unity and Diversity
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I. The Terms

Unity and diversity are some of the fundamental concepts of thought in general, and they have determined European philosophy from its beginnings until the present. The relation between them is clearly asymmetrical: diversity can only be thought of in terms of contrast with unity, and therefore can take on various meanings depending on the multiple meanings of unity. The principal meanings of unity are: singular as opposed to plu-ra…

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Halfwassen, Jens, “Unity and Diversity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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