Greatness of the Common Good

“The common good is greater not because it includes the singular good of all the singulars; in that case it would not have the unity of the common good which comes from a certain kind of universality in the latter, but would merely be a collection, and only materially better than the singular good. The common good is better for each of the particulars which participate in it, insofar as it is communicable to the other particulars; communicability is the very reason for its perfection. The particular attains to the common good considered precisely as common good only insofar as it attains to it as to something communicable to others.” – Primacy of the Common Good, De Koninck

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3 Responses to Greatness of the Common Good

  1. Wood says:

    I was initially hesitant of a “primacy” of the common good in light of the “greatest commandments” of Jesus, but this is very interesting. I need to look into De Koninck more. Interesting rebuttal of utilitarian notions of the good, which can superficially *sound* similar to an amateurish philosophy type like myself.


  2. God is Universal Good, so he is the supreme common good that all being shared in. Love of neighbor proceeds from a common good as well considered either supernaturally or naturally.


  3. Pingback: Notes on the Common Good | Infinite Semiosis

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