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From Nicomachean Ethics V1, 1129b1:

Since an unjust person is greedy, however, he will be concerned with goods---not with all of them but with those that are matters of good and bad luck, which are always good, unconditionally speaking, but for this or that person, not always so. (These are the ones we human beings pray for and pursue. But we shouldn't. Instead, we should pray that unconditionally good things will also be good for us, while choosing the ones that are good for us.

(Translated by Reeve 2014. Emphases mine.)

How can something which is unconditionally good be good for only some people? Doesn't "unconditionally good" just mean "good in all circumstances"?


EDIT: For any future readers: I've picked virmaior's answer as I think it answers the question fullest but Patrick R's answer is also great and gives some very useful context about the translation.

From Nicomachean Ethics V1, 1129b1:

Since an unjust person is greedy, however, he will be concerned with goods---not with all of them but with those that are matters of good and bad luck, which are always good, unconditionally speaking, but for this or that person, not always so. (These are the ones we human beings pray for and pursue. But we shouldn't. Instead, we should pray that unconditionally good things will also be good for us, while choosing the ones that are good for us.

(Translated by Reeve 2014. Emphases mine.)

How can something which is unconditionally good be good for only some people? Doesn't "unconditionally good" just mean "good in all circumstances"?

From Nicomachean Ethics V1, 1129b1:

Since an unjust person is greedy, however, he will be concerned with goods---not with all of them but with those that are matters of good and bad luck, which are always good, unconditionally speaking, but for this or that person, not always so. (These are the ones we human beings pray for and pursue. But we shouldn't. Instead, we should pray that unconditionally good things will also be good for us, while choosing the ones that are good for us.

(Translated by Reeve 2014. Emphases mine.)

How can something which is unconditionally good be good for only some people? Doesn't "unconditionally good" just mean "good in all circumstances"?


EDIT: For any future readers: I've picked virmaior's answer as I think it answers the question fullest but Patrick R's answer is also great and gives some very useful context about the translation.

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From Nicomachean Ethics V1, 1129b1:

Since an unjust person is greedy, however, he will be concerned with goods---not with all of them but with those that are matters of good and bad luck, which are always good, unconditionally speaking, but for this or that person, not always so. (These are the ones we human beings pray for and pursue. But we shouldn't. Instead, we should pray that unconditionally good things will also be good for us, while choosing the ones that are good for us.

(EmphasesTranslated by Reeve 2014. Emphases mine.)

How can something which is unconditionally good be good for only some people? Doesn't "unconditionally good" just mean "good in all circumstances"?

From Nicomachean Ethics V1, 1129b1:

Since an unjust person is greedy, however, he will be concerned with goods---not with all of them but with those that are matters of good and bad luck, which are always good, unconditionally speaking, but for this or that person, not always so. (These are the ones we human beings pray for and pursue. But we shouldn't. Instead, we should pray that unconditionally good things will also be good for us, while choosing the ones that are good for us.

(Emphases mine.)

How can something which is unconditionally good be good for only some people? Doesn't "unconditionally good" just mean "good in all circumstances"?

From Nicomachean Ethics V1, 1129b1:

Since an unjust person is greedy, however, he will be concerned with goods---not with all of them but with those that are matters of good and bad luck, which are always good, unconditionally speaking, but for this or that person, not always so. (These are the ones we human beings pray for and pursue. But we shouldn't. Instead, we should pray that unconditionally good things will also be good for us, while choosing the ones that are good for us.

(Translated by Reeve 2014. Emphases mine.)

How can something which is unconditionally good be good for only some people? Doesn't "unconditionally good" just mean "good in all circumstances"?

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Aristotle on unconditional vs universal goods

From Nicomachean Ethics V1, 1129b1:

Since an unjust person is greedy, however, he will be concerned with goods---not with all of them but with those that are matters of good and bad luck, which are always good, unconditionally speaking, but for this or that person, not always so. (These are the ones we human beings pray for and pursue. But we shouldn't. Instead, we should pray that unconditionally good things will also be good for us, while choosing the ones that are good for us.

(Emphases mine.)

How can something which is unconditionally good be good for only some people? Doesn't "unconditionally good" just mean "good in all circumstances"?