The Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought

Oxford University Press (1999)
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Abstract

This book offers a major reinterpretation of the `secularization' of medieval ideas by examining scholastic discussions on the nature of the common good. It challenges the view that the rediscovery of Aristotle was the primary catalyst for the emergence of a secular theory of the state. A detailed exposition of the content and the context of late scholastic political and ethical thought reveals that the roots of medieval 'secularization' were profoundly theological.

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Thomas Aquinas—Love, Justice, and the Life of Virtue

This chapter examines Aquinas' application of the principles of superiority and identity to the human community. It notes that this application presents a complex combination of metaphysics and political thought. It explains that Aquinas' translation of a metaphysical analysis of the commo... see more

Henry of Ghent—Self-Love and Inclusion

This chapter examines Henry of Ghent's theology and writing. It notes that when Henry does consider the common good of human society in abstract terms, it is in this context, not of metaphysics, but of love. It explains that love is a principle which both Aristotle and Augustine had made c... see more

Godfrey of Fontaines—Love, Virtue, and Justice

This chapter examines Godfrey of Fontaines' philosophy and theology. It notes that for Godfrey of Fontaines, the connection between the hierarchy of goodness and the hierarchy of love derives from the connection between the intellect and the will. It explains that since the characteristic ... see more

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Reconsidering the Common Good in a Business Context.Thomas O’Brien - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 85 (S1):25 - 37.
Godfrey of Fontaines.John Wippel - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Henry of Ghent.Pasquale Porro - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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