National Forensic League
Lincoln Douglas Debate
(2003 - 2004)
Resolved: As a general principle, individuals have
an obligation to value the common good above their own concerns.
Thomas Hobbes would hold that self-preservation legitimately translates
into the unlimited natural right to anything and everything whatsoever
that guarantees it. Most Americans would declare that a reasonable
person has only one choice: honoring the public good. These are but two
of the arguments in a collection of articles that extends from a
discourse on morality to questioning whether there exists a clearly
defined “common good” as it relates to controversial issues.
In this collection, some of the finest minds examine morality, justice,
and responsibility, and what seems an obvious answer becomes eminently
questionable. How much of one’s sense of honor is inculcated by religion
and government? Does the common good violate our instinct for
self-preservation, or does acting in the interest of the common good
Here, at last, you have the definitive answer – for every position.