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Conceptions of Unity in Recent Ecumenical Discussion

A Philosophical Analysis


Simon Harrison

This is the first book-length analysis of the term unity as used within recent ecumenical discussion. It seeks to present in a clear and useful way the many conceptions of unity found in discussion, whose subtle diversity and number are often a source of confusion and ambiguity. It is intended primarily for ecumenical participants and students; but the methodology is of wider interest because it employs taxonomy (of a kind usually found within biological sciences) to analyse and present conceptual diversity.
Contents: Introducing and analysing language in ecumenical discussions – Introducing Wittgensteinian thought and the use of taxonomy in philosophical analysis – Presenting the wide range of conceptions of unity, identified to date. Conclusions for future ecumenical discussion.