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Unformatted text preview: Campbell 1 Anthony Campbell Dr. Sharpe PHI-006 14 January 2008 Euthyphro’s first definition of holiness is the act of prosecuting murderers, thieves, or any other such sinners, regardless of their relationship to the prosecutor. Euthyphro’s second definition of holiness is things that please the gods. Conversely, things that displease the gods are unholy. There are a few problems that Socrates immediately identifies in both of these definitions. Concerning the first definition, Socrates informs Euthyphro that what he has given Socrates as a definition of holiness is not so much a definition as an example of holiness: the prosecution of a murderer. This definition is to narrow: it excludes other acts that might be holy. Socrates asks for a more general definition, the “essential form” that makes all holy actions holy. He wants a universal definition of holiness such that if given to someone who does not know holiness at all, he or she might consequently recognize all holy acts as such, without having to be...
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