Document Type : Research Paper
PhD in Political Science, Islamic Azad University
Professor, Faculty of Islamic Studies and Politics, Imam Sadiq University
Public good as one of the basic concepts in political thought has not been distinctly explored. Similar to key concepts such as public interest, public policy, public goods, shared interests and common good, this concept has been the basis of most of the debates of various schools of thought. In the popular discourse of political science, public good refers to those material, cultural, or institutional possibilities in which members of a community share interests. Public good is an important concept in political philosophy and political thought, because it plays an important role in philosophical thinking about the public and private dimensions of social life. While recognizing and analyzing the concept of public good and related concepts, the authors examine Jürgen Habermas's views on the public good. Habermas considers the starting point of the concept of public good in the formation of communicative action in such a way that this action should be based on the mechanism of dialogue ethics and the principle of understanding and communication as its main form. Hence, in an ecosystem and communication system, one can expect the development of citizens’ benevolent and charitable actions, which lead to public good in an ideal society.