Topics: Socratic method, Socrates, Question Pages: 3 (1258 words) Published: January 25, 2013

In Euthyphro, Socrates questions the definition of what is holy and pious. Euthyphro provides different definition of what pious and holy mean to him. And with each definition or answer Socrates creates a question causing Euthyphro to think and question his definition. With each question Euthyphro must explain and further divulge his definition but again Socrates questions his definitions. And with his last definition he has still not given Socrates a clear definition of piety or holiness is. Socrates debates that what is holy to one god may not be holy to another and this is true. What my definition of holy or pious may not be the same for another person. While Euthyphro does give a definition of what pious and holy is, it is not a satisfactory definition for Socrates. And with each definition, Socrates has Euthyphro giving a more precise and clear definition of what pious and holiness mean to him. Holiness comes in a question as to know the difference between pious and holy. Holiness as explained by Euthyphro is explained that what is holy is dear to God and it is loved because it is holy. But as questioned is it holy because it is loved by God or it is loved by God therefore it must be holy. But what is holy? As defined in Merriam Webster, holy is “exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness”. But what exactly does that mean? In order to be holy must one be perfect? I think not. As explained by Socrates that something is loved because it is holy not holy because it is loved. It seems as if holiness does play a big role in the conversation because in a way pious and holiness do go hand in hand. As defined in Merriam Webster pious is “marked by or showing reverence for deity and devotion to divine worship”. And deity pertains to God or gods. Therefore, pious and holiness both pertain to being loved because they are holy and pious not loved because they are holy and pious. There are three definitions that...
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