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LOGOS A Journal, of Religion, Philosophy, Comparative Cultural Studies and Art


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Logos 96

:. Vygantas Malinauskas
       Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania


Junior Opus



Public Interest as Common Good

The article discusses the reasons to return to the category of the common good in legal and political discourse. The author argues that the category of public interest, due to its inherent subjectivity, is not capable of satisfying the expectations associated with it - to provide criteria that allow satisfactory identification of the public interest and to provide inner cause for law to give priority to the public good over individual interests. Based on the analysis of the general characteristics of the common good concept, the article demonstrates that the category of common good avoids deficiencies intrinsic to the category of public interest and provides greater legal certainty. Also, the research elaborates the conceptual link between the categories of the common good and human rights.


Key Words: public interest, common good, interests, public, human rights


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