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Common Good
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[German Version]

expresses the purpose of social interaction, either in a general sense or in the specific sense given to it by politics and law. Precision in the use of the concept of common good is of fundamental importance for any type of social ethics (Protestant social ethics), as the normative definition of society and of its subsystems is dependent upon it. The often unnuanced invoking of the common good (“an empty phrase”) brings discredit to this major concern.

“Common good” (Lat. bonum commune) is the translation of the Greek τὸ κοινῇ συμφέρον/to koinḗ symphéron. Aristotle emp…

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Anzenbacher, Arno, “Common Good”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08358>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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