Vierteljahresschrift für das Gesamtgebiet der katholischen Theologie
Begründet von Kardinal Leo Scheffczyk • ISSN 0178-1626


Michael Wladika:
Order. Definition, Practical Realisation and Relation to Justice
(FKTh 2023-2, p. 138–145)

Without order, without putting in order, it is impossible to act or to discursively think. It is therefore important to know what order is: Order is a relation between the one and the many. This is the most original form and thus the notion of order. As one is prior to many, putting in order is thus unification of many, of plural reality. This is so both on the levels of being and knowing. And it can of course be developed and followed further into the field of practical forms of ordering things, unifications not structuring thinking, being, natural reality, but human beings and states in their ways of acting and living. To lead disordered reality into order, this then means exactly structuring of existing being in the best possible way. And here finally the assumption that justice is the most important practical form of putting in order seems to be very close. This at least is what a very long tradition suggests. And it seems to be true here as almost always: To be as close to tradition as possible is at the same time to be as close to rationality as possible.

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