Defining the Common Good: Empire, Religion and Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Review of Metaphysics 49 (4):936-938 (1996)


The subtitle of this work better indicates its content than the lead title itself. The author is more interested in those social and political structures which promote the common good than he is in the concept itself, although the text is not lacking in philosophical analysis. In a first chapter Cicero is allowed to frame the issues which Miller subsequently explores in the thought of Pitt, Abercromby, Pownall, Rutherforth, Brown, Priestley, Locke, Hume, Price, and in the thought of many others. Liberty, law, security, patriotism, colonization, toleration, and the role of religion in promoting the common good are topics frequently addressed by the eighteenth century authors considered. The level of political discourse in eighteenth century Britain is shown to be serious, achieving a depth rivaling ancient Rome itself.

Download options


    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,743

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library


Added to PP

43 (#267,521)

6 months
1 (#387,390)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Whose Good is the Common Good?Claus Offe - 2012 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 38 (7):665-684.
The Common Good and Christian Ethics.David Hollenbach - 2002 - Cambridge University Press.
A Politics of the Common Good.Patrick Riordan - 1996 - Institute of Public Administration.
The Stakeholder Theory and the Common Good.Antonio Argandoña - 1998 - Journal of Business Ethics 17 (9-10):1093-1102.
Justice in Health Care: The Contribution of Edmund Pellegrino.Robert M. Veatch - 1990 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 15 (3):269-287.