Plato Vs. Aristotle : Conflict Of Ethic Essay

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Plato vs. Aristotle—A conflict of “Ethic” proportions
Plato and Aristotle are arguably two of the greatest philosophers to ever live. Though each philosopher has his own, separate ideas, both Plato and Aristotle make valid points about their own theory of ethics and their methods of reasoning. Both philosophers created works that have influenced some of the worlds most popular enlightenment thinkers like Hobbes and Nietzche as well as ground breaking scientists such as Copernicus and Galileo. While both Plato and Aristotle have created works that have changed the way people think for thousands of years, each philosopher has developed and refined completely different methods of reasoning and beliefs regarding virtue and ethics.
In the Euthypro, Socrates inquires, “What is piety?” in a conversation with Euthypro. He uses piety, or holiness, as an example to show Euthypro that while he may claim to be an expert in the the field of ethics, he is in fact ignorant. Human nature is to be able to recognize examples of things without necessarily knowing the definition of the word or concept. The basis of Socrates’ inquiry follows the example of holiness, which in summation raises his main question—is something holy because it is loved by the gods, or is it loved by the gods because it is holy? Pretending to be an ignorant student seeking an expert opinion, Socrates’ employs theoría, or theoretical reasoning to conduct his inquiry. Using this method, Socrates asks questions based on a…

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