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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—Aristotle and the Common Good

Albertus Magnus—Aristotle and the Common Good

(p.26) 1 Albertus Magnus—Aristotle and the Common Good
The Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought


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This chapter discusses the first and second commentaries of Albertus Magnus on the complete text of Aristotle's Ethics. It states that as the Dominican master at Paris in the 1240s, Albertus embarked upon a systematic exposition of all of Aristotle's works on natural science. It notes that these two works effectively set out the terms of reference in which an Aristotelian notion of the common good would have to be discussed by all subsequent scholastic theologians. It further notes that Albertus provides the most appropriate starting point for a general analysis of the common good and its relation to the individual in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century political thought. It states that Albertus gives an insight into a developing scholastic understanding of Aristotle's discussion of the common good in book I of the Ethics.

Keywords:   Albertus Magnus, Aristotle, Dominican master, Paris, natural science, common good, scholastic theologians

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