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The Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought$
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M. S. Kempshall

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207160.001.0001

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Albertus Magnus—Common Good and Common Benefit

Albertus Magnus—Common Good and Common Benefit

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(p.54) 2 Albertus Magnus—Common Good and Common Benefit
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The Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought
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M. S. KEMPSHALL

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207160.003.0003

This chapter examines Albertus' distinction between different types of good and analyses his understanding of the wider relationship between goodness and utility, between bonum and utilitas. It reports that Albertus maintains that ‘the good is that which all things seek’ also means drawing a distinction between an intrinsic appetite for what is good and an intrinsic appetite for what is ordered towards a good. It further reports that Albertus argues that something can be good in its own right when it is sought for its own sake, or it can be good on account of another good which it enables to be secured. It explains that this distinction — between those things which are good in essence (per se) and those things which are good on account of something else (propter aliud) — is summarized by Albertus as a distinction between what is good (bonum) and what is useful (utile).

Keywords:   good, goodness, bonum, utility, propter aliud

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