Searching for the Common Good

Philosophical, Theological and Economical Approaches

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Thierry Collaud, Mathias Nebel
  • Zürich: 
    Pano Verlag
    , July
     200 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book addresses the heated debate on whether politics has to care only about the question of justice, rights and tolerance or open up to a teleological concept like the common good. Long considered the central feature of the public sphere, the common good was progressively sidelined during the 20th century. But amid ambiguous globalisation and the limits of political liberalism, the common good is returning to the fore. This volume gathers together theologians, economists and philosophers in order to investigate this concepts relevance in meeting the challenges of our time. It argues in different ways and from different disciplines that the common good is what shapes the public sphere most profoundly. It is not a closed concept, but rather a dialectic that drives societies and humanity towards more human integration. As such, the common good is a form of hope, hope that what is good for me and what is good for others are not ultimately at odds but actually enrich and extend each other.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Mathias Nebel is professor of social ethics and Catholic social thought and research director of the Instituto Promotor del Bien Común at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP, Mexico).

Thierry Collaud is professor of Christian social ethics at the university of Fribourg, Switzerland.


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