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    pacopasa
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    Hello Professor,
    Would you have recommended readings regarding the difference between the concepts of the common good and greater good? (lecture 3)

    Thanks,
    Frank Gambino

    #13963
    pacopasa
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    and also readings on the role of virtue in republican governments.

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    KevinGutzman
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    Here we get to the 1970s dispute among scholars over the difference between republican and democratic societies. The former stressed the need for a virtuous citizenry, we were told. You can find more on this subject in Lance Banning’s The Jeffersonian Persuasion, Gordon Wood’s The Creation of the American Republic, and, if you want to trace the rebirth of this notion all the way back to the 16th century, Pocock’s The Machiavellian Moment.

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