Human Dignity and the Common Good in the Aristotelian-Thomistic Tradition
|Author: ||Smith, Michael|
A comparison of the writings of Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jacques Maritain, and Charlis De Koninck on the dignity of the individual and the common good, topics fundamental to Catholic social teaching.
"Can one defend both the dignity of the human persona and the primacy of the common good? Do they not appear, at first glance, to be mutually exclusive? And if they are not opposed one to the other, how are they related exactly? That difficult question is again at the center of present concerns, as it was in the recent past when such totalitarian regimes as Fascism and Stalinism divided Europe. The contribution of this study to a much desired solution to it and to related problems is quite remarkable. Not the least of its merits are the precision and economy of language it brings to the task -- providing admirable proof that depth and clarity are not incompatible." - Thomas De Koninck