A Good that is Common

The common good is a concept much discussed and rarely understood. For many, it seems only to be a preference disguised as a universal ideal. For others, it is a grand metaphysical claim, drawing us inevitably into weighty philosophical discussions. These opposite stances can often devolve into debates between Hobbesians and Thomists over the meaning and implications of the ideal of “the Good.” These debates often end up excluding those without degrees in philosophy.

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