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P. 4. 4 The original French edition was Pour le bien commun: Les Responsabilités du chrétien et le moment présent (Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 1934). This manifesto was published on April 19, 1934 and had an important impact on the critical political affairs of the time. For the English edition see "For the Common Good: The Christian's Responsibility in the Present Crisis," trans. with an introduction by Bernard E. Doering in Notes et Documents (Rome), 5, No. 20 (1980), 120. Page xi published after the suppression of Sept, its controversial predecessor.
5 Because no essence or nature is in itself either universal or individual, it can exist as one or the other depending on its existential state. " In the real world, what are universal features in the mind exist in Betty in a way that is identical with the individual reality of Betty while they exist in George in a way that is identical with the individual reality of George. Despite this unity of nature, Betty and George are not identical with each other. This is possible, Simon observes, because, as John of St.
The transmission theory, whereby the people are the origin of political order and rule, holds that the people must transfer this original authority to a specific ruling body, whether monarchic, aristocratic, or popular. Simon wanted to argue that the transmission theory really meant that democracy was the natural form of political rule. "10 Strauss does not find Simon's argument about the earlier moral environment of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to be persuasive. Simon seems to think that what made the understanding of democracy as the best form of rule come about was the improvement in economic or technological conditions.