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The Paradox of Piety Although the majority of the dialogue in Plato’s “Euthyphro” consists of Socrates’ finding holes in Euthyphro’s reasoning, perhaps the best argument Socrates makes is his analysis of the nature of piety—i.e. it is, paradoxically, loved because it is pious and pious because it is loved and god-loved. The most salient assertion of the story, the description is not without its complexities. Euthyphro agrees that being pious means “being loved by all the gods” and that piety is loved “because it is pious, but not pious because it is begin loved” (10d).
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Unformatted text preview: However, Socrates is quick to point out the fault in Euthyphro’s contentions, revealing that piety is loved and god-loved, “because it is being loved by the gods” (10d). This, therefore, defines the nature of piety as paradoxical because it cannot be the same as the god-loved because that is inherently impious, and ye (apparently through Socrates’ reasoning) it is. Works Cited Plato. “Euthyphro.” The Trial and Death of Socrates . Trans. G. M. A. Grube. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2000....
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