Euthyphro – Plato
Santanna Williams PHI208: Ethics and Moral Reasoning
PROF Stephen Carter
June 10, 2013
Euthyphro is a dialogue between Socrates and the prophet Euthyphro outside the court in Athens just before Socrates proceeded to trail. Socrates has been charged with Athenians with impiety and Euthyphro claims to understand the meaning of piety. Socrates thoughts were that Euthyphro had no idea of what piety is. Euthyphro was there to prosecute a case against his father for impiety, and Socrates was there to defend himself against the same charge of impiety. Many people have the same word usage, but the way we view the word may be differently. People also try to adjust words to a situation, but the word terminology may not fit. Although, words may have several meanings they are still link together, and not the opposite meaning. In this article Euthyphro they always had different opinions of a word and its meaning. Euthyphro use three definition in response to Socrates, but Socrates refute each of Euthyphro definition. “Euthyphro definition Piety is what is dear to the gods, and impiety is what is not dear to them. Socrates proposes to amend the definition, and say that what all the gods love is pious, and what they all hate is Impious.Euthyphro's second definition piety is what is pleasing to the gods Socrates agrees with this definition, because it is expressed in a general form, but criticizes it on the grounds that the gods disagree among themselves as to what is pleasing. The third definition is what all the gods love is pious, and what they all hate is impious. Socrates refute and question Is the pious loved by the gods because it is pious, or is it pious because it is loved by the gods.” (Plato, & Jowett, B. (n.d.) In the dialogue holiness is a position between Socrates and Euthyphro. Holiness is the state of being holy. Holiness emerge in the dialogue,...
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