Euthyphro 's Definition Of Piety And Goodness By Questioning Euthyphro

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In the dialogue Euthyphro, Socrates inquires into the nature of piety and goodness by questioning Euthyphro, whom Socrates deems to be somewhat of an expert on moral matters. Euthyphro defines piety as being that which the gods love. Socrates argues that this definition brings about a dilemma (named the Euthyphro dilemma) that Socrates believes has only two options, both of which challenge the common role that god and religion play in relation to morality. I will argue that perhaps these two options do not require that one completely reject the possibility that morality comes from god. One has the possibility of accepting his first option, although it also requires accepting that god’s actions are arbitrary. By redefining some qualities and characteristics of the gods (or god as the case may be) one may be successful in demonstrating how the gods may still play a role in determining what is moral. In what follows, I will describe the Euthyphro dilemma and then I shall examine why it is that this dilemma poses as a threat to Euthyphro’s definition of piety and the idea that morality comes from god. Then, I intend to analyze the two prongs of the Euthyphro dilemma and determine whether the two options are such great threats as Socrates proposes. In altering the definition of god as made in Euthyphro I attempt to prove that the Euthyphro dilemma may not be as problematic as Socrates assumes. In order to fully analyze Socrates’ argument we must first define a few terms. Pious,…

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