Essay about Euthyphro
The dialogue begins with Socrates and Euthyphro coming across one …show more content…
With some gloating about his expertise in the subject of religion, Euthyphro gives Socrates his first definition of what holiness is. He says that prosecuting those who commit crimes is holy, and not doing so is unholy. He says that the main Greek god, Zeus, imprisoned his father Kronos for castrating his father Uranus. To him this justifies his prosecuting his father. Socrates responds to this statement by using his infamous questioning form to criticizing what is said. He says that this is just an example of a holy act and that there are many other things one can do that are holy. He says there must be a more complete definition of holiness and Euthyphro agrees realizing how shallow an answer that was.
Euthyphro then comes up with a second, more general definition of holiness. This time he says holiness is what is agreeable to the gods. Socrates at first likes this definition because it solves the problem of the first definition being too narrow. But when