Reflecting on Euthyphro

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Reflecting on Euthyphro Juanita Young PHI 200 Mind and Machine Instructor Christine Nortz March 25, 2013 Reflecting on Euthyphro After reading Euthyphro by Plato, I was very intrigued as to how the initial idea of the story was so similar to that of situations still occurring in the world today. This story is based on situations that took place between two philosophers of the Greek and Roman times, Euthyphro and Socrates. Socrates seemed quite the skeptic in this story, constantly looking for answers to questions and actions of Euthyphro that he needed justification for. The reason Socrates wanted justified answers to his questions toward Euthyphro is what I’ll be discussing in this paper. I would also like to discuss the concept of how the topic of holiness emerged in the dialogue and why it plays a major role in the initial conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro. I also plan to define Euthyphros meaning of piety on which he used in his responses to Socrates along with how Socrates refutes each of these definitions. In this paper I intend on presenting my own personal idea of what I believe Socrates’ original goal was in this dialogue. First of all, I would like to begin by providing an explanation of the main point of the story. Euthyphro and Socrates were two friends that met up at court. They both explained to each other their reason for being there. In these explanations, Socrates questioned the reason he was there and the beliefs of Euthyphro. Euthyphro was at the court house to prosecute his father. His father had murdered a murderer. Euthyphro’s family was very upset that he was prosecuting his father. They believed that because the man his father left in a ditch to die was a murderer, that his father was actually doing a good deed. Euthyphro believed that killing was wrong regardless of who it is that commits the crime, and
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