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Pluralism is a term now used to characterize modern society in various ways. The pluralist society displays a high degree of heterogeneity in comparison with a society regarded as homogeneous. Sometimes the term is used unfavourably, to signify disintegration in comparison with a society regarded as integrated. It can also be used to contrast the immanent dynamism of modern society with more static societies.

Instead of “pluralist”, it would be preferable to speak of the “plural” society when registering existing structures. Pluralism would then be a positiv…

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Manfred Hättich, “Pluralism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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