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Unformatted text preview: Euthyphro (Ancient Greek: Ε θύφρων ὐ ; English pronunciation: / ju θ fro / ˈ ː ɪ ʊ ) is one of Plato's early dialogues, dated to after 399 BCE.  Taking place during the weeks leading up to Socrates' trial, the dialogue features Socrates and Euthyphro, a man known for claiming to be a religious expert. They attempt to pinpoint a definition for piety. First definition Euthyphro offers as his first definition of piety what he is doing now, that is, prosecuting his father for manslaughter (5d). Socrates rejects this because it is not a definition; it is only an example or instance of piety. It does not provide the fundamental characteristic which makes pious things pious. Euthyphro's second definition: piety is what is pleasing to the gods Thus the third definition reads: What all the gods love is pious, and what they all hate is impious Fourth definition "piety is a species of the genus 'justice' Euthyphro's response Euthyphro then suggests that piety is concerned with looking after the gods (13b), but Socrates immediately raises the objection that "looking after", if used in its ordinary sense, which Euthyphro agrees that it is, would imply that when you perform an act of piety you make one of the gods better — a dangerous example of hubris , which gods frowned upon (13c). Euthyphro claims that caring for involves service. When questioned by Socrates as to exactly what is the end product of piety, Euthyphro can only fall back on his earlier claim: piety is what is loved by all the gods (14b). [ edit ]Final definition Euthyphro then proposes another definition: Piety, he says, is an art of sacrifice and prayer. The Apology of Socrates is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defends himself against the charges of "corrupting the young, and by not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other daimonia that are novel" (24b). "Apology" here has its earlier meaning (now usually expressed by the word "apologia") of speaking in defense of a cause or of one's beliefs or actions Introduction The Apology begins with Socrates saying he does not know if the men of Athens (his jury) have been persuaded by his accusers. This first sentence is crucial to the theme of the entire speech. Indeed, in the Apology Socrates will suggest that philosophy begins with a sincere admission of ignorance; he later clarifies this, dramatically stating that whatever wisdom he has, comes from his knowledge that he knows nothing (23b, 29b). The charges against Socrates Socrates says that he cannot possibly be mistaken for a sophist because they are wise (or at least thought to be) and highly paid. He says he is poor and claims to know nothing noble and good....
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2011 for the course PHI 104 taught by Professor Roberteason during the Fall '07 term at SUNY Stony Brook.
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