The Text Of Euthyphro : A Dialogue Between Socrates And Euthyphro

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The text of Euthyphro is a dialogue between Socrates and Euthyphro centered around a discussion of what is pious and what is impious. Both Euthyphro and Socrates are on their ways to appear in court, Socrates for corrupting the youth and not believing in the gods of the city, and Euthyphro to prosecute his father for murder. Euthyphro was a religious prophet who claimed to possess great knowledge on what is holy. Contrastingly, Socrates was concerned with philosophy yielding practical results outside of the influence of theological doctrine and in the realm of human reason. He did not claim to possess excessive knowledge in a subject and rather believed that the more a person knows the greater their ability to reason and make choices. Thus, Socrates was eager to learn from Euthyphro about the nature of piety. Throughout the discourse Euthyphro offers numerous possible definitions of piety/impiety, all of which Socrates points out inconsistencies and contradictions involved. In my discussion of the Euthyphro I will be focused on a particular passage spoken by Socrates which was his main argument against one of Euthyphro’s proposed definitions of impiety. In doing this, I will briefly explain the various definitions of piety and impiety that Euthyphro suggests and Socrates subsequent arguments against each in order to accurately discuss and assess the implications of Socrates argument in passage 10e-11a. The first explanation of piety which Euthyphro posits is that what…

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