Euthyphro And Socrates Critical Analysis

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Besides identifying “Socrates”, portrayed by Plato, as a teacher or an educator, I prefer to call him as an educationist. I define “educationist” as an utmost expert in educating with several unique characteristics. The most significant ones are presented thoroughly in the conversation between “Socrates” and Euthyphro in Euthyphro. Plato ingeniously used these characteristics as an educationist to defend the previous implicit critiques charging “Socrates”. Focusing on multiple philosophical discussions, Plato praised “Socrates” as a wise educationist, who can clarify the purpose of education consistently and contain condescendance, convincingness, and highly beneficial expectations towards the young generation within his control.
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The former accusers of “Socrates” charged him as “making week arguments stronger”. Instead of directly indoctrinating his ideas into people’s mind, “Socrates” gradually guided people to correctly deduct their concerns and make their weak arguments stronger by themselves. The story Euthyphro shows how “Socrates” demonstrated his ability of convincingness systematically as an educationist. Firstly, “Socrates” asked Euthyphro whether “the pious itself the same as itself in every action” (Euthyphro 5d) and “the impious opposite to every pious” (Euthyphro 5d). As Euthyphro consented, “Socrates” drew forth the question: “What do you say the pious is, and what is impious?” (Euthyphro 5d). Afterwards, Euthyphro started to illustrate that holiness is to “proceed against whoever does injustice regarding murders or thefts of sacred things” (Euthyphro 5d). The most brilliant part in the education of “Socrates” here is that he successfully introduced the clou of the conversation: defining “holiness”. By following what “Socrates” said, Euthyphro naturally related “holiness” to what he was doing: persecuting his father as a murderer and considering if the action was justice or not. So far, “Socrates” had started to receive ideas from Euthyphro’s mind, as an important step of educating. Then, the correctness followed up soonly. “Socrates” pointed out that “when I asked what ever the pious is. …show more content…
At the beginning of Euthyphro, “Socrates” announced the reason showing up around the Porch of the King. He happens to have an “indictment” (Euthyphro 2a) before the King. Meletus, an unknown youth, accused “Socrates” “of corrupting those of his own age” (Euthyphro 2c). “Socrates” believed that the youth dared to charge him was a correct beginning and praised him as “the cause of the most and greatest good things for the city” (Euthyphro 3a). Being able to view things philosophically without personal emotions, “Socrates” considered the action did by Meletus excellent, even it would charge “Socrates” to death. One of the reasons why “Socrates” would become an educationist is that according to his selfishless expectations and praises to the youth , as “a good farmer properly takes care of the young planets first” (Euthyphro 2d), “Socrates” cared about the future of the society deeply in his heart. All his educations, doctrines, and intelligence were all on purpose of benefiting the youth, which represents the future of the world. That is the grand love which eventually defines the educationist by

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