Euthyphro, by Plato

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In what is noted as one of Plato first accounts, we become acquainted with a very intriguing man known as Socrates; a man, whose ambition to seek knowledge, inevitably leaves a significant impact on humanity. Most of all, it is methodologies of attaining this knowledge that makes him so mesmerizing. This methodology is referred to as Socratic irony, in literature. In any case, I will introduce the argument that Plato's Euthyphro is extremely indicative of this type of methodology, for the reason being that: Socrates's portrays a sense of intellectual humility. I will begin by, imposing the distinction between Socratic irony, and the one that is more familiar. As mentioned in the preceding section. The basic irony is simply …show more content…
First he states that: "people regard the same things, some as just and others as unjust,-about these they dispute; and so there arise wars and fighting's among them"(…) After, Euthyphro concurs to this statement Socrates then makes the suggestion that: "Then the same things are hated by the gods and loved by the gods, and are both hateful and dear to them?”(…)Likewise, Euthyphro also concurs to this statement, which eventually leads to their coherent agreement that in fact, pious and impious things can be the same thing. At this point, a switch of roles is observed, Euthyphro position is now downgraded to student as oppose to is initial role as teacher. This reversal of positions illustrates the element of Socratic irony. If we recall, Socrates initially gives the notion that he his ignorant on the issue; nonetheless, he ends up having the upper hand in the dialogue, by simply asking questions, manipulating ideas and still allowing Euthyphro to recognize his ignorance. The fact that Euthyphro is constantly concurring and reasoning to majority of Socrates's ideas validates the fact that the method is immensely effective. In addition, throughout the dialogue Socrates consistently makes reference to the amount of knowledge Euthyphro holds; however, it is apparent that such praise is merely just a piece of his heap of tactics: "You, Meletus, as I shall say to him, acknowledge Euthyphro to be a great theologian, and