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Common good
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1. Principles

Every community faces the problem of reconciling its members' individual ventures with communal purpose. Solving this problem by conceiving the dichotomy of common good (Latin bonum omnium, bonum commune, salus publica) or common weal (Latin utilitas publica) and self-interest, in the tradition of Antiquity, and in the same tradition giving precedence to the…

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Weber, Wolfgang E.J., “Common good”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019838>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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