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Euthyphro Name University Euthyphro Plato’s Euthyphro is set as a dialogue between Socrates and Euthyphro, the namesake of the play. Socrates has been called to court on account of charges pressed against him by Meletus who claims that by inventing new gods and not respecting the state recognized gods, Socrates is corrupting the youth of Athens.
Because their opinions about holiness are at odds, Socrates who is portrayed by Plato as a person who is eager to engage in discourse with the people on Athens asks Euthyphro what his concept of holiness is so he might learn from how Euthyphro defines it. Says Socrates, “Tell me then, what is the pious, and what the impious, do you say?” (5e) Initially, this is how the concept of holiness emerges in the dialogue between Socrates and Euthyphro and it soon takes a prominent position in the dialogue as it becomes the main topic of their conversation as they wait to be shown into court for their respective cases. In response to Socrates’ question, Euthyphro provides him with three basic definitions by which he thinks holiness is defined. Every time Euthyphro gives Socrates a definition for the concept of holiness, Socrates gives him an argument to refute it and thus Euthyphro is forced to provide another definition. Finally, when Euthyphro gives the third definition and Socrates refutes it, Euthyphro storms off annoyed with Socrates for disagreeing with all his attempts to define what is holy. ...
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