What is the Common Good?

Posted August 31, 2017 9:23 pm by Dr. Adam DeVille

When I teach courses on the social teachings of Orthodox and Catholic Christianity, my students invariably want a more fleshed out answer to the question “What is the common good” than what is supplied in the abstract and often unhelpfully vague treatments of it found in, e.g., the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, published by Rome more than a decade ago.Perhaps help is now at hand in the form of Daniel K. Finn’s new book, Empirical Foundations of the Common Good: What Theology Can Learn from Social Science (Oxford UP, 2017), 272pp.About this collection we are told:The idea

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