The first occurrence of the expression 'common good' in the context of a philosophical argumentation is likely to be found in Plato's Gorgias, where the discovering of truth is so called in contrast to the private pursuing of the victory. This remark is at the same time bound with the definition itself of philosophy as intellectual endeavour and with the idea, widespread in the Antiquity, according to which friends have all things in common. Plato's position, which presupposes a truth that does not belong to anyone, sheds light both on the meaning of 'common good' and on the contemporary discussions about the so-called intellectual property and the ethical significance of a decision in favour of the intellectual commons.
Salmeri, G. (2016). Bene comune, filosofia e proprietà intellettuale. ARCHIVIO DI FILOSOFIA, 84(1-2), 107-119 [10.19272/201608502010].