Essay on Euthyphro 's The Gods

997 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Euthyphro tries again to find the ground of ethics by declaring that 'the pious is what all the gods love, and the opposite, what all the gods hate, is the impious (9e). ' At first this statement appears sound and reasonable but Socrates is not convinced that it identifies that by which the pious is made known. His next question to Euthyphro is a beautiful example of his brilliance and intelligence. It has no doubt been a thorn in the side of theologians ever since. 'Is the pious being loved by the gods because it is pious, or is it pious because it is being loved by the gods (10)? '
In its most basic form, if something is pious because it is loved by the gods then whatever the gods love is pious. If the gods loved ritualistic murder then that would be considered pious because being loved is its only qualification. If something is loved by the gods because it is pious then the attributes by which something is known to be pious exist independently of the gods. What makes something pious will remain valid regardless of whether the gods exist or not. In the field of ethics God is made redundant.
It is possible to re-word Socrates ' question in numerous ways without losing its original meaning. Is the good pleasing to god because it is good, or is it good because it is pleasing to god? Or, is something ethical because it is commanded by god or is something commanded by god because it is ethical? Several implications arise from this quandary that questions not only the validity…

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