If we follow the Neo-Platonic point of view, then the Euthyphro has an implicit solution, which is that God is the Good itself. If God is simultaneously the source and the measure of all goodness, the paradox disappears.
How do you solve Euthyphro dilemma?
a. Bite the Bullet. One possible response to the Euthyphro Dilemma is to simply accept that if God does command cruelty, then inflicting it upon others would be morally obligatory.
What is the answer to Euthyphro?
The answer to the “Euthyphro question” that is accepted is that: a. the pious is loved by the gods because it is pious.
What is the conclusion of the Euthyphro dilemma?
The Euthyphro concludes that morality cannot be identified by what is loved by God, as that would leave it an empty concept. If we decide to follow the second horn of this dilemma, then we must accept that God is simply a messenger for morality, not the source of it.
What are the two options in the Euthyphro problem?
Euthyphro refined his definition again: now claiming that pious is what is loved by all the gods. “What all the gods love is pious, and what they all hate is impious.” Socrates then responded by a question, in which he gave Euthyphro two options to choose from: Is the pious loved by the gods because it is pious?
What can we learn from Euthyphro?
Euthyphro’s Answer: The Pious is the same as the God- Loved. On this reading, then, the primary aim of the argument is to un- dermine the view that what makes a thing pious is the same as what makes a thing god-loved.
Why is the Euthyphro dilemma important?
At first glance the Euthyphro dilemma may seem a challenge to the value of religious traditions. In fact it is a question that unites the religious and the secular in the need to seek right and wrong within the human world, whether or not we also choose to seek them in God.
What is Euthyphro’s first answer to the question?
Euthyphro’s first answer to Socrates’s basic question is: “the pious is to do what I am doing now.” How does Socrates refute it? Socrates is not looking for examples of piety, but for a definition of it.
What is the main theme of Euthyphro?
The main theme of the argument being debated in Euthyphro is what constitutes piety. Socrates and the title character are both involved in lawsuits involving accusations of impiety. When Socrates pushes the Sophist to define the term, all he can do is provide examples.
What is Socrates trying to teach Euthyphro?
Euthyphro concurs that he does indeed know all there is to be known about what is holy. Socrates urges Euthyphro to instruct him and to teach him what holiness is, since Euthyphro’s teaching might help Socrates in his trial against Meletus. First, Euthyphro suggests that holiness is persecuting religious offenders.
What Socrates teaches Euthyphro?
Socrates is teaching by asking questions that subtly lead Euthyphro through a path of reasoning that will eventually educate Euthyphro about the nature of piety, and not the other way around. The dialogue thus illustrates the “Socratic method” for the reader.
What does Socrates ask Euthyphro to define?
In this dialogue by Plato, we have Socrates in dialogue with Euthyphro as they attempt to establish a definitive meaning for the word piety (virtue). It is a prime example of how a “Socratic” style teaching works, as Socrates keeps asking questions and forces Euthyphro to try and clarify his thinking.
Why does Socrates disagree with Euthyphro?
Euthyphro’s statement has not been adequate for this purpose. Nevertheless, Socrates insists that, inasmuch as Euthyphro has brought a criminal charge against his own father, he must have known the nature of impiety or he would have been unable to decide that his father was guilty of it.
What is Socrates third response to Euthyphro?
Socrates’ Objection: According to Euthyphro, the gods sometimes disagree among themselves about questions of justice. So some things are loved by some gods and hated by others. On this definition, these things will be both pious and impious, which makes no sense. 3rd Definition: Piety is what is loved by all the gods.
Why does Socrates want Euthyphro to instruct him do you think he really expects to be helped?
Why does Socrates say he wants Euthyphro to instruct him? Do you think he really expects to be helped? I think he does wish to be helped and he wants Euthyphro to instruct him because he wants to learn impious and pious actions.