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Euthyphro And Socrates: A Comparative Analysis

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Euthyphro and Socrates meet to discuss the nature of piety and impiety. Through Socratic examination, Socrates challenges Euthyphro’s religious beliefs through questioning the underlying presumptions which constituent the fundamental belief of what is a right and wrong decision for Euthyphro and his religious followers. In this series of discussion, Euthyphro concludes with a variation of answers which differs from his previous conclusion.

The first assumption that Euthyphro claims is that piety is to prosecute those who are unjust, also known as the impious, against the will of the righteous gods. Socrates rejects this definition, in which he states that here must be something, a standard of some sort that makes each impious act deemed to …show more content…
Socrates reasoning is because justice is a larger part of which piety only plays a part.

This enquiry of whether piety is only a part of justice then brings up another definition for Euthyphro: Piety and holiness is a part of justice in which the person attends/serves the gods. The question comes about what he means about giving the gods “attention” and how it benefits them. Euthyphro states that this is done through deed, prayers, and sacrifices for their chief works.
Socrates then calls it a science of asking and giving, in which he later calls it again an art in which the men and the gods are doing business with each other. Socrates does not think this affair of business is equal, as the gifts we give to gods would be unlikely to have any benefit for them. Euthyphro disagrees, as the tributes of honor is what pleases them.
Socrates and Euthyphro then get into a conflict of what is loved of the gods is holy – which is the same as what is dear to them. Euthyphro then gets frustrated and leaves, and the dialogue

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