The Euthyphro, By Socrates And Euthyphro

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Background:

Plato’s paradigmatic dialogue, Euthyphro, may be considered the epitome of Socrates’ mastery of philosophy. In this dialogue, Socrates and Euthyphro converse on the porch of King Archon, who oversees religious laws. They both state why they are there and try to justify themselves to each other. While doing this, they circumvent about the matter of what piety exactly means. Euthyphro, having the reputation of being divine and pious, told Socrates that he is indeed an expert in these matters relating to piety, but Socrates makes it his mission to prove Euthyphro wrong in the most indirect and clever way possible.
Question:

1. In the Euthyphro, Socrates questions Euthyphro about his proposed course of action concerning his father. Explain in detail the reason given by Euthyphro.

Answer:

Socrates informs Euthyphro that he is being prosecuted by Meletus, who is charging Socrates with corrupting the youth in Athens and for being impious. Plato’s description of Meletus can be considered a Socratic irony because although Meletus may be to blame for the later punishment of Socrates, Socrates still kindly addresses that Meletus is making a promising young start in getting rid of the corruptors of the city’s youth. This is contrary to readers because if Socrates were actually true about him and Meletus having the same goal in improving the youth in Athens, then Meletus would not have tried to terminate Socrates’ influence on his followers. Euthyphro explains to…
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