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Society - The Social Group
(2,484 words)

Part of Society:

1. The Social Group

2. Fellowship

3. Common Good

4. Public Opinion

1. The problem of definition. Society — to give a preliminary verbal definition — is the totality of interactions between individuals, no matter how combined, insofar as this totality constitutes a system with its own internal processes, the development therefore (whether naturally or artificially) of a unified relationship between a number of people. As such a unified relationship between human beings, between beings, that is, who…

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Konrad Hecker, “Society - The Social Group”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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