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Euthyphro

Plato

Book Overview: 

Awaiting his trial on charges of impiety and heresy, Socrates encounters Euthyphro, a self-proclaimed authority on matters of piety and the will of the gods. Socrates, desiring instruction in these matters, converses with Euthyphro, but as usual, the man who professes to know nothing fares better than the man who claims to be an expert. One of Plato’s well-known Socratic Dialogues, Euthyphro probes the nature of piety, and notably poses the so-called Euthyphro Dilemma: Do the gods love a thing because it is holy, or is a thing holy because it is loved by the gods?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ly confident that he has weapons in his own armoury which would be more than a match for him. He is quite sincere in his prosecution of his father, who has accidentally been guilty of homicide, and is not wholly free from blame. To purge away the crime appears to him in the light of a duty, whoever may be the criminal.

Thus begins the contrast between the religion of the letter, or of the narrow and unenlightened conscience, and the higher notion of religion which Socrates vainly endeavours to elicit from him. 'Piety is doing as I do' is the idea of religion which first occurs to him, and to many others who do not say what they think with equal frankness. For men are not easily persuaded that any other religion is better than their own; or that other nations, e.g. the Greeks in the time of Socrates, were equally serious in their religious beliefs and difficulties. The chief difference between us and them is, that they were slowly learning what we are in proces. . . Read More

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Here's one for you, Plato:
Do people still read Euthyphro because it's a good book, or is it a good book because people still read it?

The Ominous Dialogue: Socrates aka, Josef K.

As I read The Euthyphro, I started to realize why it is considered one of the most dramatic of the Dialogues. Set as a prelude to the Grand Trial, Euthyphro is a disturbingly ominous dialogue.

So, instead of seeing this as one of the usual glib dialogu...more

Quick and dirty,

Euthyphro: I'm so pious, I'm prosecuting my father for murder because he neglected a servant/possible murderer before he could face judgement. The God's love that shit!

Socrates: "Awesome! Quick... what is the nature of piety? Im being accused of being impious, and think they'll...more

Socrates debates the essence of morality
24 April 2012

The scene of this dialogue is on the steps of the Athenian Courthouse (known as the King's Archon) as Socrates is preparing to answer the charges of being disrespectful to the gods and corrupting the youth. There is a discussion about this at...more

ضمن این مکالمهی کوتاه سقراط و اوتریفون که از زبان افلاطون بیان میشود، سقراط پرسشی را مطرح میکند که به دو راهی اوتیفرون معروف شده و نظریهی فرمان الهی را به چالش میکشد.

نظریهی فرمان الهی دیدگاهی فرااخلاقی (فرااخلاق بر محور خود چیستی اخلاق متمرکز است) است و طرفداران آن معتقدند:
عملی از نظر اخلاقی خوب...more

Euthyphro begins the story of the trial and death of Socrates. It is one of Plato’s best known and, I think, best executed pieces. Here we see the Socratic dialogue form stripped to its bare essentials, with only two speakers, one problem, and minimal framing. Socrates is on his way to his trial;...more

A rather abrupt end to a rather interesting dialogue. This picks up right where Meno left off with an addition of piety to the ongoing dialogue about virtue.

Socrates off tangential discussion doesn't dissuade Euthyphro as Euthyphro tries to answer Socrates questions as much as possible. With impe...more

Εὐθύφρων = Euthuphrōn = Euthyphro, Plato
Euthyphro (Ancient Greek: Εὐθύφρων, translit. Euthuphrōn), (399–395 BC), by Plato, is a Socratic dialogue whose events occur in the weeks before the trial of Socrates (399 BC), The Euthyphro dialogue occurs near the court of the archon basileus (king magist...more

In this dialogue, Socrates argues with Euthyphro about the nature of piety and impiety, exploring whether a action or person is pious because it or he is loved by the gods or whether it or he is loved by the gods because it or he is pious. This is not mere hair-splitting but sets up what has been...more

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[A spaceport on Trantor. SOCRATES and R. DANEEL OLIVAW]

OLIVAW: I'm sorry, Socrates. I'm just going to have to send you back to Earth. You're too irritating.

SOCRATES: I understand, Olivaw.

OLIVAW: You know, you d...more

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