Socrates Essay by RightRiters

A study of Plato's "Euthyphro" and "Crito".
# 22665 | 765 words | 0 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 11, 2003 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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This paper examines Socrates' discussions with his friends Euthyphro and Crito and his court trial in Athens. It explores the ancient Greek ideals of piety, religion and the state. The paper describes that everything Socrates has done is based on reason.

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"In "The Euthyphro", Socrates meets his friend Euthyphro outside the court of justice and explains how he (Socrates) has been called there to answer charges brought by Meletus. The discussion turns to the question of piety, and Euthyphro, who is considered an educated man and wise in the field of religion, states that piety is what is loved by the gods. Socrates seeks his assistance in defining piety so he can use what he learns from Euthyphro when he goes to court. The issue throughout is whether the gods love something because it is pious, or is a thing pious because the gods love that thing?"

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