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For a fundamental social ethic: A philosophy of social change Unbound – 1973

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  • Unbound: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Philosophical Library (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802221130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802221131
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,880,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very 1960's approach to the topic of the common good. "Bonum fasciens" the good to be done or avoided is simply the common good. That saves a lot of contemporary philosophical hogwash. The justification for revolution is basically the servicability of "the given" common good. The Author gets intention of practical reason and the conception of speculative reason a little mixed up - not in his mind but in his terminology. I liked the terms "speculative" and "prospeculative" reason which the author uses. For me "the given" is the current contemporary OR CO-TEMPORARY common good as understood in its intelligibility by speculative reason. I like Daniel Westberg's idea of the distinction of practical reason over prudence in this regard.

The idea of "general justice" is explored as something more than legal justice - though "legal justice" is commemded as a term for "general justice" in the sense that "legal justice" makes one think in concrete terms of each society (as well as the abstract "every" society). This harks back (or forward) the Leo Elders excellent observations of the primary and secondary senses of "being" and "good" being inverse and complementary with respect to being(esse) and operations (bonum). But even further and deeper it harks to Schmidt's idea of first and second abstraction in his "The domain of truth according to Saint Thomas". The virtues as universals or better first abstractions rule over lawgiver and citizens which become general in the operations of agents in a society (each concretely and every abstractly?).

Finnickety semantics aside this work runs to a wide range of issues and flows like Yves Rene Simon's books but with a clearer focus.
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