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The Euthyphro Dilemma For centuries philosophers and theologians alike have pondered the uncertain attributes of the Euthyphro Dilemma . The first inquisition to this predicament dates back to the days of the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, wherein he asks, “Is something good because God approves of it, or does God approve of it because it is good?” (Nozick 552) This philosophical inquiry has led to various other questions concerning the definition of what actions are “good” and why, for that matter, society has chosen to accept these actions. In order to completely analyze this problem, Robert Nozick, renowned philosopher and professor at Harvard University, considers each component of the Euthyphro Dilemma , separately addressing them in his book Philosophical Explanations. These components include the examination of systematic belief, as well as a more in depth look at theological belief. Nozick begins with evaluating the basic systematic belief that “God approves of something in virtue of its goodness,” in turn forming “an independent notion or standard of goodness that God’s judgment fits rather than creates” (Nozick 552). By this, Nozick suggests that instead of God creating a standard for society to follow, God’s judgments
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ECON 412 taught by Professor Gillette during the Spring '08 term at Kentucky.

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