Is The Role Of Euthyphro's Argument In Criminal Justice

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Socrates is found at the court because he is under the indictment of Meletus, for he is accused of corrupting the young and not believing the gods in whom the city believes. We find out that Euthyphro’s business at the court is regarding the prosecution of his father. He is prosecuting his father for the murder of a laborer who himself murdered a fellow laborer. Throughout this dialogue we are enlightened in the nature of piety. The passage, 2c-3, explains in detail, what Socrates is charged for. It simply comes down to the competition of what the government wants younger men to know and what old wise men want the younger men to know. As Socrates and Euthyphro continue discussing, page 4 – d, I find that it’s OK to be laughed at as long as you do not teach your own ways to make people like yourself. Socrates feels that he is accused for making others like him because he wants to teach.…show more content…
They continue to bring up the topic of pious and unpious actions. Euthyphro claims “the pious is to do what I am doing, to prosecute the wrongdoer…not to prosecute is impious.” Then, Socrates exclaims he is the defendant in his case because he believes it is difficult to accept the common knowledge the people believe about the goods, since there is no plausible evidence. As the dialogue continues, Socrates claims that “different gods consider different things to be just…for they would not be at odds with one another unless they differed about these subjects…(page 9, 7e)” Then the same things would be both pious and unpious. Simply, the nature of Socrates is to question and further complicate matters by counter arguments. Then Socrates states that the matter is finding who the wrongdoer is rather than how he must be punished. Ruthermore, the two agree that what gods hate is unpious and what they love is pious. Again, Socrates turns the discussion around and claims (statement on page 14,
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