This introduction expresses the intent of the book to convey a critical study in the examination of the meaning of the term ‘common good’ in the thought of eight influential scholastic theologians during the second half of the thirteenth century and the early years of the fourteenth, namely Albertus Magnus, Thomas Aquinas, Henry of Ghent, Godfrey of Fontaines, Giles of Rome, James of Viterbo, John of Paris, and Remigio dei Girolani. It aims to investigate the effect of the reintroduction of the Politics and the Nicomachean Ethics on the notion of the common good in terms of two key relationships — between the Chrisitian individual and the political community and between the political individual and the Christian community.
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