Euthyphro Piety Essay

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Euthyphro initially defines piety as a simple matter of being what the gods like or what is dear to them, however Socrates points out that “different gods consider different things to be just, beautiful, ugly, good, and bad” (Grube & Cooper, 2002, pg. 9, P7, e). Some things that might be agreeable to one god may be disagreeable to another such as Euthyphro punishing his father “may be pleasing to Zeus but displeasing to Cronus and Uranus, pleasing to Hephaestus but displeasing to Hera,” (Grube & Cooper, 2002, pg. 9, P7, b). This leads to Euthyphro changing his definition of piety to be what is aggregable to all the gods rather than the gods. Euthyphro shifts from the former to the latter because Socrates calls attention to the fact that the gods fight among themselves and that those arguments don't emerge over issues and inquiries of fact and certainty, since those sorts of understandings can be reached through evaluation or examination. …show more content…

This leads to Socrates point that considering that the gods have different opinions as to what things are just and good that means they must approve of different things. Furthermore, as indicated by Euthyphro's definition of piety, those things would be viewed as both holy and unholy, since they are approved by a few of the gods and objected by different gods. Nonetheless, in Euthyphro's eyes he believes that most likely every one of the gods would concede on the fact that a man who murders somebody unjustifiably ought to have consequences. Socrates makes the point that the question doesn't emerge with respect to whether someone who has done something wrong ought to be punished, but as to whether the individual has in actuality acted

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