Definitions of Piety

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The Definitions of Piety Socrates meets with Euthyphro near the king-archon's court. Socrates explains that he is under indictment because he does not believe in the gods in whom the city does believe in and Euthyphro is present because he has come to persecute his own father for unintentionally killing a murderer. Socrates then flatter Euthyphro about his knowledge on holiness/piety. Out of curiosity Socrates questions Euthyphro about holiness. This leading into the definitions of piety. The first definition that Euthyphro suggests to Socrates is that piety is persecuting religious offenders. However, Socrates is not satisfied with this response because there are many pious actions that do not involve persecution. (page 5 e) The second definition that Euthyphro suggests is that piety is what is dear to the gods, and that what some gods may agree on, others may not agree on. Thus saying that what is pious may be not pious concluding in a contradiction. (page 7 a) The third definition is Euthyphro's most important attempt to define what piety truly is. He states that what is holy is approved by all gods. However, this cannot be true either because what is holy cannot be the same as what is approved of by the gods, because one of these two decides what gets approved of by the gods and the other decides what gets approved of by the gods. (page 9 e) The fourth definition that Euthyphro states is that piety is a kind of justice in regards to looking after the gods. However, Socrates suggests that we should not have to look after the gods or help them in any way. (page 12 e) The final definition that Euthyphro suggests is that piety is an example of trading with the gods. That if we sacrifice for them they will answer our prayers. However, our sacrifices does not help the gods in any way, sacrifices only gratify them. (page 14 e) In

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