Plato, Aristotle, And Augustine Essay

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Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine all had different ways on how to attain and live a good life. Plato thought it was through the practice of death and being a philosopher. Aristotle believed it was being a virtuous person and contemplation. Augustine concludes it was through God. Each philosopher has his own way that he truly believes will lead others to eternal happiness. Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology, and Phaedo there is this attempt to answer the question “what is piety?”. These dialogues take place in ancient Greece. The whole society is based on shame and honor. If you do not do what you are supposed to do well, then you are shamed. On the contrary, if you do what you are supposed to do well then you are honored. Socrates is a member of this society. Socrates is on trial for wrong doing in teaching a false wisdom and then later accused of corrupting the you and not believing in the gods of the city and believing in new spiritual things. The question “what is piety” was attempted to be answered by Euthyphro, who put his father on trial. Finding the answer was very important to Socrates because he wanted to see if what he had done was pious. He wants to see if he was right. In order to do that he needed the definition. Euthyphro gives him three definitions. All which were wrong. Socrates was looking for the genus, like and animal, plus the specific difference, ability to reason. The definition of a man is an animal with the ability to reason. Socrates was eventually proven…

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