The pious the same as the god loved as you say it is

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the pious the same as the god-loved, as you say it is, but one differs from the other… Because we agree that the pious is being loved for this reason, that it is pious, but it is not pious because it is being loved… The one is such as to be loved because it is being loved, the other is being loved because it is such as to be loved” (Plato 13-14). This is where it begins to get confusing, what Socrates is trying to say is that the god-loved is god-loved because it is being loved by the gods. On the other hand, the pious is being loved because of the fact that it is pious. The big picture that Socrates is trying to get at right now is that the gods love the pious because of the fact that it is pious, and that the only reason that is pious is not just because the gods love it. What Socrates is leading
Lakhani 4to is that the gods love the pious because it’s what they believe should be loved, what Euthyphro was leading towards is that the reason why it is pious is because the gods love it. This catches Euthyphro off guard and causes him to come up with another definition for piety.In his fourth definition of piety, Euthyphro is starting to get himself into a bit of a sticky situation. To get himself out of this situation Euthyphro comes up with the definition, “The godly and the pious is part of the just that is concerned with the care of the gods” (Plato 16). This “care” that Euthyphro is a kind of care that a horse breeder taking care of horses, or the care a shepherd would take of his cattle, in other words care of the gods would help benefit the gods, and in a way make them better. Socrates repeals argument by stating that, “Would you agree that when you do something pious you make some one of the gods better?” (Plato 17). If what Socrates is saying about Euthyphro’s fourth definition, then it would be a major offense to the gods, to being saying that the most perfect of gods could use improvement. Once again, after trying toget himself out of his sticky situation, Euthyphro just finds him deeper into it.Euthyphro tries to give it one last attempt in trying give a proper definition of whatpiety is, Euthyphro explains, “If a man knows how to say and do what is pleasing to the gods at prayer and sacrifice, those are pious actions such as preserve both private houses and public affairs of state. The opposite of these pleasing actions are impious

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