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Phil 101, Week 2 Notes

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These notes cover what was discussed in class as well as my own personal notes and questions I had
Introduction to Western Philosophy
Dr. Adam Knowles
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Date Created: 09/09/16
PHIL 101 PLATO Euthyphro – Class Notes o Accused of corrupting the youth by teaching them impious thoughts o Socrates has a very specific method o Euthyphro killed a man who is a murderer by neglect, not a willfully carried out act; Euthyphro is doing what he thought was just. The person was a  slave (property crime) not murder o S tries to make E prove himself on his vision of piety o Socrates method: Encourages a disposition between himself and any  other, to make them feel less suspicious  o THE IRONY  HE MAY THINK E IS A CUNNING MANIPULATIVE PERSON, BUT HE WITHHOLDS IT TO TREAT E THE SAME WHETHER OR NOT HE BELIEVES E’s CLAIM   S is being taught how another human would think, ironic because  he claims to be E pupil to appease to him, and yet technically he is o Euthyphro o Euthyphro: sophist that is prosecuting own father for the charge of murder o Socrates: being prosecuted by Meletus on the charge of corrupting the  youth by holding up false gods, by contradicting the commands of the true  gods of Greece (through actions that are impious) o Socrates had a little “demon” or what we know as a conscience that told  him when not to do something; questioning in such a way that he is  questioning the Athenian society  o What is Piety?  Socrates wants to defend himself against the charge and seeks  Euthyphro’s “wisdom” on the matter of what is pious and impious to help his own trial  o Psych of “Prophets” o Psych of “Socrates”  Tried to appease Euthyphro but tried to persuade and manipulate  Euthyphro to believe what he thinks  Tried to produce a contradiction in Euthyphro o What is loved by the gods? o What is loved by all the gods? Questions o The divine sign that Socrates “has” on occasion prevents him from doing  or saying something negative. Is the divine sign like a conscience, or the  discovery of conscious thinking? P. 3b PHIL 101 PLATO o How is a murderer in the family seen as “pollution”? P. 4c  Euthyphro’s vision of justice Philosopher v. Sophist – both persuaders Sophist: “lawyer” in the way that they are people you hire to make an argument  for you; more interested in personal game  Philosopher: doesn’t take money for arguments; intends to argue for what is right morally as he is not interested in winning


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