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Danjczek 1 Peter Danjczek Professor R. Cherubin Philosophy 253–002 13 February 2008 Assignment 1 Plato, Euthyphro In Plato’s the Euthyphro , Socrates seeks out the definition of piety through a series of questions and answers with Euthyphro. Socrates states that persons using piety to justify their actions, Euthyphro, must have superior understanding of piety. Thus, Socrates asks Euthyphro the fundamental question, “ What is the pious ?” (Plato, 5d). Out of all the attempts to answer Socrates question, I chose to focus my essay on Euthyphro’s third definition, “what all the gods love is holy and, on the other hand, what they all hate is unholy” (Plato, 9e). This definition creates a correlation between piety and the things the gods love. However, Socrates points out that every statement needs to be examined regardless of its sensibility. Consequently Socrates asks whether the gods love piety because it is pious or is piety pious because the gods love it?, which led to another question, why do the gods love the pious in the first place? Asking the grounds for the action in question, Socrates stresses that the reason the gods love piety must be known, “I am trying to say this, that if anything becomes or undergoes, it does not become because it is in a state of becoming, but it is in a state of becoming because it becomes, and it does not undergo because it is a thing which undergoes, but because it undergoes it is a thing which undergoes?” (Plato, 10c).
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course PHIL 253 taught by Professor Cherubin during the Fall '07 term at George Mason.

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