On Unity

Posted February 14, 2017 10:53 am by James V. Schall, S.J.

On Unity

Anthony Esolen has recently delineated the dangers of dogmatic diversity. The other pole, unity, is equally problematic. In the journal Telos, Alice Ormiston has dealt with Rousseau’s “Tragic Desire for Unity.” Why “tragedy”? Unity is a good desire that cannot be fulfilled. Rousseau was accused of loving humanity, but not the odd fellow next door. Readers of Plato will understand the problem. Too much unity and too much diversity are both dangerous. Aristotle observed that unity and diversity are both good. But they need to be related in an orderly way. They should not consume each other. In political things,

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