Plato's "Euthyphro" Analytical Essay by Professor Victor Verb

Plato's "Euthyphro"
An Analysis of Plato's views on religion and ethics as expressed in "Euthyphro."
# 49878 | 754 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Mar 21, 2004 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman) , Ethics (General)

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This paper analyzes Plato's "Euthyphro," one of the first works devoted to the relationship between ethics and religion. In this work, Plato's search for what is ethical assumed the form of a debate between Socrates and Euthyphro, who discuss the nature of piety and what it is that all of the gods truly love. The paper reviews "Euthyphro" in order to identify the relationship between religion and ethics.

From the Paper:

"Plato believed that true knowledge did not consist in knowing particular things but rather in knowing something general that is common to all the particular cases and framed many of his allegories in a literary form called the dialogue, which is simply a conversation between two or more people. The characters in Plato's dialogues discuss a variety of philosophical problems and frequently argue the opposing sides of an issue. In his dialogue, "Euthyphro" Plato stages the debate immediately before the trial of Socrates with a view to elaborating and expanding on the meaning and the virtue of "piety," or the proper attitude that men should take toward the gods. Here, Socrates and Euthyphro first discuss the nature of piety and what it is that all of the gods are supposed to truly love based on some examples provided by Euthyphro."

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