Study Questions for Plato's Euthyphro
- What is the central topic of the Euthyphro?
- Where does the dialogue take place? Why is it
important? Why is Socrates there? Why is Euthyphro there?
- Why does Socrates think Euthyphro must have knowledge
- How does Socrates suggest Euthyphro might help him in
his case against Meletus?
- Why does Socrates press Euthyphro to give a
definition of piety?
- What definitions does Euthyphro offer?
- How does Socrates get Euthyphro to abandon the
various definitions? Describe his general method, and show how it
works for each definition.
- Why is it important not to simply find several
examples of piety but to analyze one idea that made things pious or
- What are the first attempt at a genuine account of
piety and not just examples?
- What can we learn from the Euthyphro about
Socrates' religious views?
- Why do Socrates and Euthyphro reject the definition
of piety as "what all the gods love" (starting at 9d)?
What assumptions do they make?
- Does Socrates reject the definition of piety as
"what all the gods love" because there are pious actions that
not all the gods love, because there are non-pious actions that not all
the gods love, or for neither reason?
- What is the significance of such concepts as the just
and unjust, good and evil,
honorable and dishonorable? How are these concepts related to each other?
- What is the significance of the question whether the
pious or holy is beloved by the gods because it is holy,
or holy because it is beloved of the gods?
- How does the dialogue end?
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