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Euthyphro’s well-known impasse pertaining to the characteristic of piety is one of the many dialogues written by the Greek philosopher Plato detailing the pursuit for wisdom by his mentor, Socrates. This well-known impasse regarding the nature of piety presents the question of whether or not piety is an act or thing loved by the gods? Regardless if an act is considered right or wrong, the truth or a lie, just or unjust, and holy or unholy, all are the basis of contentious debates difficult within society. Finding common ground within these oppositions can be challenging because of the diversity of cultural, religious, and moral values, and beliefs in society. Such is the situation with Socrates and Euthyphro. Plato’s Euthyphro is a…show more content…
Euthyphro believes that for a man to be holy to the gods, he must act accordingly, and do what is pleasing to the gods. Taking care of the gods is doing service for the gods. This definition seems to lead to the idea that prayer and sacrifice will get a person what he or she wants as long as it is considered holy by the gods. This explanation indicates that either the gods recognize holy things and love them because they are holy, or the gods love these things that they are holy. It is only because the gods love these things that they are holy. For why would we need the gods if things are holy and unholy independently of them? Socrates wanted to know the definition of piety and was not asking for an example of it. As the conversation between Euthyphro and Socrates progressed it seems that there was no final definition given. The dialogue ends without thoroughly explaining anything about a real definition, and leaving Euthyphro frustrated and perplexed by Socrates responses. The dialogue concludes without a real definition of holiness. Socrates indicated that each person has his or her own interpretation. I believe that another main message of this dialogue left by Socrates is that no one, including himself can know everything about anything, and that there will always be more to learn. People should strive to make their own conclusions, thinking for themselves, and viewing issues from many angles. Personally, my definition of piety is maintaining good moral
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