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Society - Common Good
(1,709 words)

Part of Society:

1. The Social Group

2. Fellowship

3. Common Good

4. Public Opinion

1. The Problem Today. The problem of the common good has been the subject of lively debate in recent years among students of Christian social doctrine. The debate bore on the relations between person and society (or more generally, between the individual and the fellowship of which he is a member), and on the relation between the good of the individual and the general good. One group defended on principle the priority of the common good (communitarians), while others (personalists) maintained equally forc…

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José Maria Diez-Alegria, “Society - Common Good”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 28 September 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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