common good

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Especially in Thomistic and Neo-Thomistic ethics, the common good is the common goal of all those who promote justice in a community, the common source of fulfilment of those who share in the just arrangements. The view is based on Aristotle's notion of us as essentially social and political animals, only capable of flourishing when involved in doing things together, rather than exclusively concerned with private ends.

Subjects: Philosophy — Politics.

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