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Plato (428/427 BC-348/347 BC), whose original name was Aristocles, was an ancient Greek philosopher, the second of the great trio of ancient Greeks - succeeding Socrates and preceding Aristotle - who between them laid the philosophical foundations of Western culture. Plato was also a mathematician, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, th...more
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Published September 11th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published -399)
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Riku Sayuj

The Ominous Dialogue: Socrates aka, Josef K.

As I read The Euthyphro, I started to realize why it is considered one of the most dramatic of the Dialogues. Set as a prelude to the Grand Trial, Euthyphro is a disturbingly ominous dialogue.

So, instead of seeing this as one of the usual glib dialogues of Socrates, where he employs his sublime skill to teach his debating partner and thus help him ‘examine’ and gain more meaning out of his life, I tried to re-imagine it… and found it quite unsettling....more
Celebrity Death Match Special: Plato versus Isaac Asimov, part 3 (continued from here)

[A spaceport on Trantor. SOCRATES and R. DANEEL OLIVAW]

OLIVAW: I'm sorry, Socrates. I'm just going to have to send you back to Earth. You're too irritating.

SOCRATES: I understand, Olivaw.

OLIVAW: You know, you don't need to be so critical all the time. We robots are doing everything we can. We're trying our level best to find high ethical standards and become truly virtuous. It doesn't help to have people like...more
Here's one for you, Plato:
Do people still read Euthyphro because it's a good book, or is it a good book because people still read it?
In this dialogue, Socrates argues with Euthyphro about the nature of piety and impiety, exploring whether a action or person is pious because it or he is loved by the gods or whether it or he is loved by the gods because it or he is pious. This is not mere hair-splitting but sets up what has been referred to as the Euthyphro Dilemma, involving the question whether there are arbitrary moral standards that are right because God commands them or whether there are independent moral standards that Go...more
Quick and dirty,

Euthyphro: I'm so pious, I'm prosecuting my father for murder because he neglected a servant/possible murderer before he could face judgement. The God's love that shit!

Socrates: "Awesome! Quick... what is the nature of piety? Im being accused of being impious, and think they'll make me drink hemlock for corrupting the youth."

Euthyphro: "piety is what I'm doing."

socrates: "... that's not a definition."

Euthyphro: "It's what the Gods like."

Socrates: "the Gods are all over the...more
Ken Moten
I'm reading this as a part of The Trial and Death of Socrates as reprinted in the Classics of Western Philosophy. Translated by G.M.A. Grube.

This will be my third Platonic dialogue after The Republic (which I will review at a later date) and the Apology.

This dialogue has Socrates awaiting his official indictment on impiety (among a litany of other things) and he runs into a friend who is a priest and is in the process of having his father charged with murder. As they talk they decide to try and...more
Euthyphro Dilemma: incredible contribution to classroom philosophy as well as associated drunken arguments or searching stoned contemplation. That thing about all of Western thought being composed of footnotes to Plato is pretty accurate; it's often not the case that Plato's stuff is very good or that the conclusions it reaches are impressively argued. It's that an incredible number of philosophy's most mind-bending and thoroughly absorbing problems have originally at least popped up in some for...more
Marts  (Thinker)
In conversation with Euthyphro, Socrates informs that a young man, Meletus, has accused him of corrupting the youth saying he is 'a poet or a maker of gods and that he invents new gods and denys the existence of old ones'. Socrates and Euthyphro expound on the issue of piety, with Euthyphro, a religious expert, presenting his definitions...
Erik Graff
Nov 22, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Maurice Lieberman
Shelves: philosophy
Maurice Lieberman taught "Humanites 101: The Ancient World" at Grinnell College which I took, there being no choice in the matter, during the first semester. The first book read was Plato's Euthyphro, an ironic early dialog about piety. It was my first direct exposure to the philosopher.

The presentation was peculiar. Mr. Lieberman had hay fever. It was late summer. His nose ran continuously during the class, yet he proceeded to read aloud the entire text, pausing regularly to wipe his nose and m...more
Rowland Bismark
The Euthyphro is a paradigmatic early dialogue of Plato's: it is brief, deals with a question in ethics, consists of a conversation between Socrates and one other person who claims to be an expert in a certain field of ethics, and ends inconclusively. It is also riddled with Socratic irony: Socrates poses as the ignorant student hoping to learn from a supposed expert, when in fact he shows Euthyphro to be the ignorant one who knows nothing about the subject (holiness).

Perhaps the most interestin...more
An interesting inquiry on the topic of holiness and piety. As with most of the Socratic dialogues, we don't really come up with THE answer, but are challenged to question common conceptions of what holiness and piety entail. The crux of the argument seems to be whether or not holiness is something approved of by the gods/God, or if what's holy is holy by its very nature. And if holiness involves service to the gods/God, what are we contributing to the gods/God by our service. Surely we're not ma...more
Maan Kawas
A beautiful early dialogue by the master ancient Greek philosopher Plato! It demonstrates the Socratic method of dialogue in generating ideas as well as searching for definition. Although the general frame of the dialogue is related to Socrates’ call by the court (Meletus) for the hearing, regarding his accusation of corrupting the youth as well as inventing new Gods, but its main focus is ethics, in particular what is pious and what is impious. Euthyphro claims to know very well such things as...more
This was an amazing dialogue. The critique would be that the arguments were not enough, and the dialogue itself did not expand enough on the subject matter material. The good news is that the dialogue between Euthyphro and Socrates is fairly accurate to the religious debates that still rage on today. It is curious that this dialogue was not allowed to be expanded on, and also a shame. I really think that if Socrates was indeed a true person, in the form described by Plato, that their would surel...more
Sidharth Vardhan
Socrates slaps religious moralist

Socrates was charged of being impious, and ignorant as he knew himself to be, he decided to learn the meaning of word from Euthyphro. As usual, Socrates is able to get Euthyphro (who repeatedly claims wisdom over the subject)eating his words. Euthyphro offers five different definitions, one after other, until the conversation runs the full circle and he conveniently remembers some other engagement and runs away. The dilemma remains unanswered as far as today, an...more
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)

How to kick anybody's ass in 15 minutes.

Ha.. that was real fun, watching the master in action.He takes Euthyphro gently in the beginning like one removes the layers of onion and shows him that his arguments lack substance and then breaks the spine of the whole argument. The formulation of arguments was brilliantly logical and it was never hasty,it proceeded slowly from negating one statement and then moving on to other,seeking clarification when necessary and then proving that its not true or do...more
Pretty short, but very interesting and relevant. Socrates is about to go to trial, accused of impiety. He runs into Euthyphro on the courthouse steps. Euthyphro happens to be the (self-proclaimed) leading expert on the gods and issues of piety and impiety. Socrates asks him for help, for a standard that would distinguish pious acts from impious. Euthyphro tries, but Socrates rejects each proposed rule on its own terms. In the end, Euthyphro implicitly admits that he doesn't know anything and aba...more
"It's all in Plato.." is one of my favorite fictional characters refrains, and it is true. Nothing is new under the Sun. Socrates (or Plato, or both) made such a watershed in thought that history generally classifies anyone who thought before Socrates as "Pre-Socratic." That genre of philosophy is starting to breakdown as the wisdom of a Heraclitus and others. "Pre-Socratics" are becoming more and more popular for they marry well with mysticism and alchemy.

This was one of the first books that re...more
A Wild
A particularly interesting dialogue in which Socrates discusses with a young man (Euthyphro) what it means to be pious and impious. Euthyphro is prosecuting his father on behalf of a servant who has been killed in a drunken rage on the grounds that it is the pious thing to do. Conveniently, Socrates is headed to court himself to see charges of godlessness and disturbing the youth when he meets Euthyphro. Socrates seeks advice from Euthyphro in his great knowledge of piety so that he can answer t...more
Rob Roy
Even on his way to court to be convicted, Socrates has time for philosophy.
May 16, 2012 L rated it 4 of 5 stars
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David Sarkies
Aug 24, 2012 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to David by: David Hester
Shelves: philosophy
The scene of this dialogue is on the courts of the Athenian Courthouse (known as the King's Archon) as Socrates is preparing to answer the charges of being disrespectful to the gods and corrupting the youth. There is a discussion about this at the opening to this dialogue, however I will not go into too much detail as I will leave it for later commentaries to discuss (in particular the Apology, and also the book in which this dialogue is contained, the Last Days of Socrates). Rather, I will dis...more
Buku ini menceritakan tentang dialog antara Socrates, yang saat itu akan dituntut ke pengadilan oleh Meletus (haha), dan Euthyphro, seorang ahli teologi di Yunani yang merasa sangat memahami berbagai hal. Socrates dituntut ke pengadilan atas tuduhan mencemari generasi muda Yunani. Cara Socrates berdialog ditiru oleh generasi muda di Yunani, sehingga mereka semakin banyak mempertanyakan pengetahuan yang dimiliki oleh para kaum sophis pada saat itu.

Tokoh Euthyphro dalam cerita ini adalah orang yan...more
A great introduction to two very important things. First, the Socratic method. This is short, but a delightful and easy-to-follow Socratic dialogue ideal for introducing the student to this famous method. Second, it introduces the Euthyphro Dilemma--a significant question in any theistic morality. The question is basically this (as cast in Christian theology): Is what is good good because God commands it, or is what is good commanded by God because it is good. On the one hand, one could argue th...more
Jackson Cyril
MY FIRST PLATO!! And it didn't disappoint at all. Socrates here tackles the all important question of " Is something morally right because God commands it, or does God command it because it is morally correct?" Socrates asks his friend Euthyphro and shatters Euthyphro's understanding of the subject. Written with brilliantly simply prose, it's one of Plato's shortest dialogues but clearly addresses a very important dilemma.
People who are unfamiliar with the euthyphro dilemma have most likely encountered it unwittingly, either on their own or from someone else. I know I have spent a lot if time questioning whether something is moral because god says its moral, or if god says something is moral because it is. Well, this is essentially the argument in Euthyphro. Socrates asks for a definition of pious from his 'friend,' Euthyphro. When a definition is presented, Socrates analyzes it and ultimately both parties acknow...more
Nov 24, 2011 wigwam added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: David
Recommended to wigwam by: PEL podcast+father-in-law's booshelf
Shelves: philosophy
tran GMA Grubbe

I grabbed my father-in-law's copy of Plato's Dialogues off the shelf while everyone watched the football game after our Thanksgiving meal.

This was cool cuz it questions the concept i've lately been bothered w/ abt a deity/deities requiring things of mortals and how taking that for granted then infects mortals' exchanges w/ one another (or so i've read into it?)

This feels like a great starter-Dialogue (i may have read ones in the past but either for school or in a really disorganiz...more
Garrett Cash
This is the first full Platonic work I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Socrates discusses what is holy to Euthyphro, with results that are typically both interesting and hilarious.
Draco3seven Crawdady
Nov 07, 2007 Draco3seven Crawdady rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophers
In Plato’s Euthyphro, Plato has Socrates asking Euthyphro to describe the nature or more precisely the definition of “piety”. Of course what the question implies is a unifying principle which all pious actions have in common that is specific and essentially the core of what it means to be pious. In asking this question, the question takes on the meaning or purpose of searching for the “form” as many might say. Searching for the form of something, shows that there is an emphases on the metaphysic...more
Socrates and Euthyphro discuss the meaning of piety, that is to say that Socrates discusses it and Euthyphro acts as his conversational captive. Partway through the dialogue, Euthyphro claims that all of their arguments "seem to turn round and walk away from" them. Socrates basically pooh-poohs this, accuses Euthyphro of lazyness, and proceeds to take up Euthyphro's side of the argument for him, in order that he, Socrates, might be educated by said argument. Good times.
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Plato is a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.

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