PHI208 Week 3 Assignment
PHI208 Week 3 Assignment
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Running head Euthyphro Euthyphro Darryl Weaver PHI 208 Luke Van Horn 1 March 2013 Euthyphro 2 Euthyphro When dealing with the Euthyphro and Socrates dialogue I believe it is all about if moral acts are willed by the gods because they are goodright or are they goodright because they are willed by the gods The entire conversation stems from Socrates trying to decide if Euthyphro is right in taking his father to court for the death of a servant and if he can prove it then it would settle the suit taken against him by Meletus Throughout the dialogue Euthyphro tries in vain to explain piety to Socrates which I will show now His rst attempt was by saying quotPiety is doing as I am doingquotPlato nd He is saying that by prosecuting his own father for murder he is being pious and if he did not prosecute would be impiety Socrates then argues that this is not a idea but an example that he wants Euthyphro to quotexplain the general idea which makes all pious things to be piousquotPlato nd Socrates says of this that the is one idea which made the quotimpious impious and the pious piousquotPlato nd Euthyphro then tries to explain his ideas by saying quotPiety then is that which is dear to the gods and impiety is that which is not dear to themquotPlato nd This to me made a little more sense Socrates though found a rather large whole in this argument He started speaking of how the gods had differences in opinions He stated quotin thus chastising your father you may very likely be doing what is agreeable to Zeus but disagreeable to Euthyphro 3 Cronos or Uranus and what is acceptable to Hephaestus but unacceptable to HerequotPlato nd This is a wonderful point in my opinion If you believe in the Greek gods how do you know what you are doing is right if even the gods are in disagreement Euthyphro then tries to say that quotPiety or holiness Socrates appears to me to be that part of justice which attends to the gods as there is other part of justice which attends to menquotPlato nd This came from the talk of an even number having the two equal sides Socrates goes on to say that only huntsman should be attending to dogs and only horseman should be attending to horses thus making these things better so if you attend to a holy act you are making the gods betterwhich Euthyphro emphatically denies It seemed to me from the very start that Socrates knew that this was going to be a circular argument that they would not be able to come to a de nitive answer It seemed to me that he wanted to let Euthyphro nd the aws in his opinions himself Socrates continually questions all of what Euthyphro presents while the entire time saying that he is less wise and a disciple of Euthyphro I believe that it is actually Socrates who is the wiser and knew that the best way to teach someone that they are wrong is to let them prove it themselves He also masterfully belittled himself by saying Euthyphro is the younger thus smarter even though that is almost never the way it plays out With age usually comes wisdom Euthyphro 4 My de nition of piety is pretty much the golden rule of our childhoods We need to always think with everything we do would I want someone to be doing this to me I am not religious thus think l have no real reason to ponder the reasons an object or person39s holiness but I do understand the need to nd the origin of what is right and wrong and why we think of it as such I think that without order and rule civilization would be impossible Essentially I do not care if a god thinks that it ok either because they think it to be good or it is good because they made it good I just think we need to keep civility thus the need for morality I would put forth that Euthyphro was correct in taking action against his father Even though the person he killed was a murderer his father is also not the law and thus has no jurisdiction And to the argument that his father did not actually kill him I would say that the actions that his father took directly led to the servants demise If everyone starts taking the law into their own hands it becomes a slippery slope that can turn into a quotwild westquot type of environment where no one is safe Euthyphro References Plato ampJowett B nd Euthyphro Project Gutenberg Retrieved from httpwwwgutenbergorgebooks1642
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