The idea of the common good
Audio recording of a conversation with Seth Appelbaum and David McDonald on July 7, 2020, hosted by Edward Walpin as part of the Graduate Institute Summer Lecture Series. The Graduate Institute provided this description of the event: "The idea of a 'common good' had largely faded as a theme of our public discourse until the Age of COVID-19. The notion of a shared good seems fairly uncontroversial when it shows up as a presupposition of public health policy. Beyond the realm of public health, and even in our fragmented and adversarial era, most activists and factions will sooner or later claim that they are working in service of the common good and not simply against their opponents. Does this resurgence of the 'common good' in our rhetoric herald an emerging consensus about the goal of politics, or is it a narrow, technical claim made in reaction to a specific emergency situation? How has the common good been understood throughout its long lineage, and what is at stake in the idea now? Join St. John’s tutors Seth Appelbaum and David McDonald for a live conversation on the question of what it might mean to have an ethical aim beyond that of the individual."
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A video of this conversation is available on the St. John's College YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/hWyWx6DS3CM