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Piety: Euthyphro vs. Socrates Name Institution Piety: Euthyphro vs. Socrates Euthyphro is on his way to the King Archon’s court to attend a preliminary hearing when he meets Socrates outside the court. The hearing is about a case he reported regarding actions of his father that led to death of one of the workers at the family’s property.
Socrates is the accused in his case. A young man accuses him of corrupting his fellow youth. He alleges that Socrates creates new gods who he uses to replace the old ones through his writing. According to the youth, Socrates is one of the poets who falsify religious information. The two engage in friendly courtesies and small talks that reveal the purpose of each other’s visit (Jowett, 1994). Coincidentally, both cases lean heavily on religion. Both characters want to employ the interpretation of religious law when arguing out a case. They begin discussing various elements of the religion and soon engage in intense argument to establish the meaning of piety. Euthyphro’s definition of piety As the two friends argue, Socrates asks Euthyphro to define piety because he was following up a case against his father. In his first definition, Euthyphro explains that his action present the meaning of holiness. He says that his father committed manslaughter. Despite the fact he is his son, he feels obliged to report him to the authority. Euthyphro’s view is that most people would not take such a holy stand of reporting their father. Socrates refutes this definition. He claims that Euthyphro’s explanation does not qualify as a definition but as an example of a pious act. It lacks fundamental properties that explain piety. ...
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