Policy Research: An Alternative Evaluation of the Common Good

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We have previously published a political philosophy paper on the common good, which can be accessed through this link. The purpose of this paper is to explore an alternative evaluation of the concept with a greater emphasis on the Western Philosophical Tradition.

This article delves into the intricate concept of the common good as elucidated by influential political theorists such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Locke, and John Rawls. Through an analysis of their philosophical frameworks, the paper explores the challenges inherent in defining and pursuing the common good in contemporary society. Drawing upon diverse perspectives, ranging from individual self-interest to democratic principles, the article examines the complexities of balancing competing interests and maximizing societal welfare. It highlights the multifaceted nature of the common good, manifested in both micro-level interpersonal interactions and macro-level governance structures. Furthermore, the article acknowledges the inherent challenges and contradictions in the quest for the common good, including issues of power dynamics, ideological manipulation, and systemic inequalities. Ultimately, it underscores the importance of ongoing dialogue and collective action in advancing the common good for the benefit of society as a whole.

Main Author: Zhuangyan Shi

Co-authors: Seth Jessoo Kang, Leah del Fierro, and Yingbo Wang

Research Paper Type: Political Philosophy Paper

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