The Common Good as a Common Project

The Common Good as a Common Project is a graduate student conference sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame,  the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, and the Program on Church, State & Society.

Keynote speakers:

  • Alasdair MacIntyre, University of Notre Dame
  • Jean-Luc Marion, University of Chicago and the Sorbonne
  • Jean Porter, University of Notre Dame
  • Emilie Tardivel-Schick, Institut Catholique de Paris

The common good enjoys a central place in classical and Christian social thought. Although the concept is frequently invoked in both theological and political discourse, its rhetorical use is rarely connected to a more satisfying theory of its form or content. When rigorously conceived, however, the common good has ramifications for nearly all social inquiry, both empirical and theoretical. The resurgence of interest in the principle of the common good demands a two-fold conversation: one part building a conception of the common good that moves beyond vague or platitudinous gestures and the other applying the principle to social questions in a rigorous and intelligent way. This conference aims to embody that conversation across the many disciplines which can view the common good as their common project.

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