RR3 EuthyphroSocratesPlatoReligion

RR3 EuthyphroSocratesPlatoReligion - Socrates was not truly...

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Socrates was not truly an impious person. In fact, in the “ Euthyphro ,” Plato sheds light on some of Socrates’ beliefs and opinions of religion. This is a rare thing, for Plato tends to avoid showing his mentor’s beliefs, preferring only to display the man s ability to question people in order to lead them to greater wisdom. Unfortunately, the dialogue appears to provide more evidence for the prosecution of the philosopher, rather than the defense- and this is not quite as Plato intended. In Plato’s dialogues, Socrates rarely (if ever) states his own views. More often, the man continuously questions other people on their opinions and beliefs as he continues his search for truth and wisdom. Oddly enough, two of Socrates’ beliefs in relation to religion are mentioned in the “ Euthyphro .” The first was brought up by Euthyphro himself. He says that it is because Socrates claims that “the divine sign” keeps coming to him that he is being indicted for being a neologist, or for being a person who presents a new way of examining the traditional religion (3b). This “sign,” which Socrates claimed to experience since his childhood, would go against him if he was about to do (or say) something wrong. The other belief clearly mentioned in the dialogue was that the gods are altogether wise, good, and just. Socrates could not wrap his mind around the concept that the gods could be so imperfect and immoral as to fight amongst themselves as Euthyphro originally claimed (6a). Throughout the dialogue, Socrates questions a man who is considered to be very
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course PHIL 201 taught by Professor Preuss during the Fall '08 term at Binghamton University.

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