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    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 he is doing now (prosecuting his father) is what is pious and not prosecuting someone for an injustice they have committed is impious (5d). However, Socrates simply points out that this is not a definition of piety, rather it is a possible instance of piety. There after Euthyphro shifts to more refined, god-centred definitions of piety. His second offering is that what is dear to the gods is what is pious. Despite the improvement in the explanatory power of this definition from the first, Socrates still points out that this one fails a test of consistency. Euthyphro says that what is dear to the gods is what they find good and just. Naturally, the gods vary in their opinions in what they believe is good and just or bad. Therefore, this results in the same things being both pious…

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    Throughout Euthyphro, Socrates and Euthyphro discuss the nature of piety. Socrates asks Euthyphro to explain what the pious and the impious are (5d) and inquires about the form or characteristics of piety (6e). In response, Euthyphro states that “what’s loved by the gods is pious, and what’s not loved by the gods is impious” (7a). Socrates and Euthyphro agree that “the gods quarrel and differ from one another, and that there’s mutual hostility among them” (7b). Following this agreement, Socrates…

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    When Socrates finds out that Euthyphro is charging his own father with the negligent homicide of a slave, he asks Euthyphro what Piety is. Euthyphro believes that prosecuting his father is his responsibility as he believes that he must act with piety. He declares that no matter what the case, even if it is family who killed someone who was not a relative, this is his first reasoning for the prosecution. Socrates responds to Euthyphro’s reasoning saying that this definition is too broad. Socrates…

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    live as piously as possible. Piety is the core moral laws during this time. To live piously is to live in harmony with the gods. It is extremely important that they must please the gods, that to act any other ways, acting impiously, is illegal and will result in punishment. Socrates is one philosopher that lives during this time. Socrates would go about the city, questioning people about their beliefs and understanding of any subject. He believed that helping his fellow men understand that…

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    (Euthyphro), Plato discusses a way on how he can show us or define piety for us. As the whole purpose on this paper is to help analyze ways on how the definition of piety is being use. Furthermore, this reading with help capture patterns on their conversation while at the same time it will also help us define piety. There are different ways on how Plato discusses piety but is also then rejected by Euthyphro, so my paper will help break down numerous definitions and show some examples on how…

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    In the dialogue Euthyphro, Socrates inquires into the nature of piety and goodness by questioning Euthyphro, whom Socrates deems to be somewhat of an expert on moral matters. Euthyphro defines piety as being that which the gods love. Socrates argues that this definition brings about a dilemma (named the Euthyphro dilemma) that Socrates believes has only two options, both of which challenge the common role that god and religion play in relation to morality. I will argue that perhaps these two…

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    his fellow citizens and statesman to be acting "impiously". Euthyphro, rather arrogantly, asserts that the people know not what impiety truly is, for if they did they would not consider his actions to be of the sort. This assertion indirectly indicates to Socrates that Euthyphro has knowledge of piety and impiety, and Socrates draws and analogy between his own case and the case of Euthyphro. If Euthyphro can explain to Socrates the meaning of impiety, perhaps Socrates can…

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    In the late second millennium BCE, we find the earliest evidence of traditional Chinese history within the Shang Dynasty. During this time, many fundamental elements of what would eventually become Confucianism such as virtue, filial piety, and sacrificial ritual become prominent facets of society, manifesting in the form of politics. To legitimize the form of soft power characterized by the Shang Dynasty, it was essential that the government used this pre-Confucian approach to establish a sense…

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    claiming no one recognizes the piety and holiness of Tartuffe. Thereafter, Orgon’s manner toward Tartuffe begins to change to such a degree that it almost seems like he is infatuated with him. Because of this, Orgon decides to break up his daughter’s previous engagement to a gentleman named Valère…

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    Euthyphro is a play about his definition and understanding of holiness, but it is soley based on what Euthyphro knows and how he interprets the gods’ definition. There is no way of deciphering a true definition of holiness because one may agree with the gods, on what is just and unjust, but one may also disagree according to specific conditions. Euthyphro attempts to convict his own father of murder not because the gods wanted him to, but because he believed convicting his father was morally…

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