The Concepts of Common Good and Public Interest: From Plato to Biobanking

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 20 (4):554-562 (2011)
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The expression “common good” usually conjures up benevolent associations: it is something to be desired, a worthy goal, and it would be a brave person who declared he or she was against the common good. Yet modern times have taught us to be critical and even suspicious of such grand rhetoric, leading us to query what lies behind this ambitious notion, who formulates what it stands for, and how such formulations have been reached



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