The Nicomachean Ethics Book 9, Chapter 5 (1166b30-1167a20)
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Book 9, Chapter 5 (1166b30-1167a20)
- Aristotle steers the convo toward marks or signs of friendship.
- Good will is like friendship, but not really. It can be felt for people we don't even know.
- Friendly affection isn't good will, since affection implies a kind of desire for someone.
- Goodwill might more properly be called the gateway to friendship—we need to be kindly disposed toward someone before becoming good friends with them.
- Goodwill may make us wish good things for others, but it doesn't really motivate us to help them to achieve those things, the way friendship does.
- It's also based on what is good or just. We're not into goodwill for what we can get out of it.