Philosophical and Theological Sources of ‘The Common Good’

The first lecture in The D’Arcy Lectures series exploring the concept of Common Good through the three lenses of Aristotle’s philosophy, Catholic teaching, and contemporary political liberalism.

Authors such as Adrian Vermeule, Michael Sandel and Jonathan Sachs invoke ‘The Common Good’ in recent publications. It is increasingly heard in the discussion of law’s purpose, and in the critique of contemporary politics. What does it mean? This lecture explores the philosophical and theological sources of the concept, from Aristotle’s introduction of the notion in his Politics, and its adoption in Christian Theology to being a pillar of Catholic Social Teaching today.