Analysis of Plato's Views

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In this paper I will explain how the concept of holiness develops in the dialog and why it takes a prominent position in the conversation. I will present the three definitions that Euthyphro uses in his response to Socrates and explain how Socrates rebuts each of Euthyphro's definitions. I will formulate my own argument as to what I think Socrates's goal is in this dialog. I will provide my own definition of piety while also creating a Socratic response of my definition. In conclusion, I will take on the role of Socrates and respond to my own definition as I think he would. Is there a valid definition on what it means to be holy? I believe that everyone has his or her own unique definition of holiness, which can be true to one person and untrue to another.
In the beginning of the dialog, Socrates and Euthyphro were surprised to meet each other on the porch of the courthouse in Athens while waiting for separate trials. Euthyphro was awaiting his fathers hearing while Socrates was waiting for his own. Socrates explains that he is accused of impiety while also corrupting the minds of the youth. According to University of Rhode Island (n.d)," Independent sources (Xenophon) confirm that it indeed included the following three charges: (1) corrupting the youth, (2) inventing "new gods" and (3) not believing in the old ones". Euthyphro…
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