Common Good


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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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The failure to distinguish between these two conceptions of the common good diminishes our public life and impoverishes the quality of civil discourse by allowing important concepts such as patriotism, civic responsibility, public service, and community obligation to be tacitly ceded to, or associated with, the corporate conception of the common good.
Other similarities with the Church's teachings include Ropke's emphasis on the dignity of the human person and devotion to the common good.
Because society is always evolving, the concrete demands of the common good will also evolve.
Violation of just tax laws is a sin and requires 'adequate reparation' to the common good.
Human dignity is at the root of this coordinate, which also necessarily involves responsibilities and duties to community and the common good.
Marriage sustains civil society and promotes the common good.
What we had were two rival and incompatible views of the common good of American society.
The way the social setting or the common good is organized either helps or hinders the growth of the human person.
Truth in democracy lies in mature education of democratic persons in virtue and the common good.
After an introductory essay on the common good by Murphy, William Wilkie and Elizabeth Moore set the stage by describing the "aggregate marketing system" as a vast and complex social system.
European scholars of law and political science explore issues around the concept of a common good for Europe.
Bulgarian politicians need to rise above serving narrow party and private interests to further the common good of the country, argued Bulgaria's Vice-Presidentn Margarita Popova.