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Common Good

That which is seen as best for a whole community and not simply for any individual or small group within that community. This may be seen in purely utilitarian ways, but it may be founded upon natural law theory. The ideas behind law and democracy assume that the common good is something that can be achieved, or at least should be pursued. Proponents of both regulation and deregulation (or almost any other policy) believe their views best suit the common good.
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Interdependence leads to a gap between individual rationality and collective good, generating collectively undesirable outcomes, and so provides a warrant for federal intervention.
Socialist and communist parties, no less than the Catholic Church, have firm views on right and wrong, and on what the collective good should be.
The Making of A Collective Good Informant, MIRANDA FRICKER
The main points we were arguing were whet her physicians had an ethical duty to preserve social resources and to ration care for the collective good, or to serve the patient and consider financial issues in a secondary way.
With just under week before England and Pakistan meet for the first time in a Test since that Lord's fiasco, Butt's successor Misbah-ul-Haq was the man charged yesterday with convincing his questioners at the ICC offices in Dubai of his and his squad's collective good intentions.
In particular, we argue that what is produced by open institutions is a collective good, with no clear direction for the final product, and relying on highly variable human-related input that is difficult to identify ex ante.
China decided a long time ago that it would curtail certain aspects of individual behaviour for the collective good of society.
When you listen to politicians or entertainers talking about profitability or collateral damage, they're telling you nakedly that whatever their interests are it is not for a collective good.
The entire country will gather around their TV sets to see if the man who's been dragging our collective good name through the mud will get what's coming to him.
He traces Roosevelt's wrestling match with Social Darwinism, the emergence of TR's grasp of the importance of community (as he walked with Samuel Gompers through New York's slums) and of cooperation (as he lived among Westerners in the Dakotas), and the burgeoning realization that "individual self-interest and collective good are not mutually exclusive" (p.
researcher): The concept that human tissue is a shared resource to be used for the collective good is a fascinating notion that deserves further attention.
Eboue, though, has never let himself worry about how much playing time he is given, so long as it all works out for the collective good.

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