ethics euthyphro - Rebecca Austin January 20, 2011 PHIL 205...

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Rebecca Austin January 20, 2011 PHIL 205 – Berman 1. At 5de, Euthyphro is simply saying that piety is the opposite of its antonym, impiety. He is not giving an actual definition for piety. If something is pious, it is inherent that it is not impious. Euthyphro is just restating what he has already said. Instead, he should give new information that provides an understanding based on a completely separate idea. 2. A) Socrates begins by looking at men. All men would agree that murdering unjustly is wrong. However, courts frequently debated not whether unjust murder is wrong, but whether the murder is just or unjust. What is just in the eyes of some may be unjust in the eyes of others. The gods, he says, are like men. They may all agree that unjust murder is wrong, but differ in their definitions of just. What is unjust for Zeus may be just for Kronos. Therefore, under Euthyphro’s definition, killing unjustly could be seen as both pious and impious by the gods because of the disagreement over the definition of unjust. B) No, Socrates is only proving that Euthyphro’s comparison to the gods is not a useful
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 205H taught by Professor Berman during the Spring '11 term at Saint Louis.

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