Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Euthyphro” as Want to Read:
Euthyphro
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Euthyphro

by
3.89  ·  Rating details ·  5,048 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
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
Paperback, 48 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published -399)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Euthyphro, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Euthyphro

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
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
Manny
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
Bobby
Apr 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Monotony Boy
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
David Sarkies
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to David by: David Hester
Shelves: philosophy
Socrates debates the essence of morality
24 April 2012

The scene of this dialogue is on the steps 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 conta
...more
Bruce
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sookie
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rather abrupt end to a rather interesting dialogue. This picks up right where Meno left off with an addition of piety to the ongoing dialogue about virtue.

Socrates off tangential discussion doesn't dissuade Euthyphro as Euthyphro tries to answer Socrates questions as much as possible. With impending trial looming in the horizon, Plato addresses piety, justice in the same sentence which sounds fascinating but like Socrates, we are left in the dust.

Euthyphro says bye-bye mid dialogue making this
...more
Laurent
Euthyphro is an excellent introduction to Plato's Socratic Dialogues, especially to the infamous Socratic Irony – where Socrates pretends to be ignorant in order to expose the ignorance of others.

In the dialogue, Socrates essentially ridicules Euthyphro, a self-baptised expert, questioning his piety until the latter arrives at a state of aporia, or confused speechlessness, prompting him to attend 'a very important appointment' that he had 'forgotten' about (i.e. get the hell outta there).

A shor
...more
Christopher
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Socrates is history's infuriating genius. I can only imagine people having fun at parties in ancient Greece seeing him show up and getting nervous about how stupid he's about to make them look.
Ken Moten
I'm read 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 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 define what makes someone pious or impi
...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Euthyphro, Plato
عنوان: دیانت اوتیفرون؛ اثر: افلاطون؛ مترجم: محمدحسن لطفی؛ رضا کاویانی؛ تهران، مکتب فلسفی، 1335؛ در 50 ص؛ چاپ مکرر ابن سینا؛ موضوع: دینداری قرن 4 پیش از میلاد
این اثر با ترجمه لیلی گلستان به همراه دفاعیه سقراط و کریتون، در سال 1391، در تهران، انتشارات مرکز، در 121 ص ؛ نیز چاپ شده است
Γιώργος
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient, read-in-2017
Το διάβασα σε μτφρ. Τάκη Θεοδωρόπουλου από τις εκδ. Ωκεανίδα. Αρκετά καλός διάλογος, από τους πρώιμούς του, όπου εξετάζεται τι είναι όσιο και τι όχι.

άκων ειμί σοφός

Ουδέν ήδιον έμοιγε ει μη τυγχάνει αληθές ον
Cassandra Lê
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Socrates: But if in fact what is dear to the gods and the holy were the same, my friend, then, if the holy were loved because it is holy, what is dear to the gods would be loved because it is dear to the gods; but if what is dear to the gods were dear to the gods because the gods love it, the holy would be holy because it is loved. But as it is, you see, the opposite is true, and the two are completely different. For the one (what is dear to the gods) is of the sort to be loved because it is lo ...more
Paul Christensen
This is a frustrating dialogue, because Euthyphro throws in the towel
Before Socrates has properly interrogated him (technically, a foul).

Socrates does not understand the Homeric account of the gods.
That disagreements should arise among them is not particularly odd;

The essential mission of Aryan gods is eternal war against Entropy,
Decreasing the amount of which in the cosmos is true definition of piety.

In this the gods are as one, and what is loved by them all is pious;
They follow an imperative
...more
SpaceReader
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Benjamin Jowett's translation of this dialog and really liked it, especially his introduction, which was better than Grube's in my opinion. I am not sure why some academics such as James Schall prefer to use G.M.A. Grube's translation, perhaps it is much closer to the original text in ancient Greek. In any case, this was a great read!

This is one of those few great works that leave you with an insatiable hunger for more. It left me more ignorant, and at the same time, much wiser than I hav
...more
Adam
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pre-1500, philosophy
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
Brad Lyerla
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the translation by Benjamin Jowett, which I read this past week. In EUTHYPHRO, Socrates explores the meaning of the pious or holy. He poses the famous question do the Gods love something because it is holy or is it holy because the Gods love it?

Have fun.
Kamilla
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Socrates is the most nobel sass master of all the times
Fernando Ferreira
"Devemos, portanto, examinar mais uma vez o que seja a piedade. De minha parte, enquanto o não
souber, não desistirei de investigar. Não me desdenhes, mas concentra o espírito no máximo, para dizeres-me por fim a verdade. Se há quem possa sabê-lo és tu, não sendo admissível, como no
caso de Proteu, que me escapes antes de ma teres revelado. Pois se não soubesses exatamente o que é pio e o que não é, estou certo de que nunca terias concebido o projeto de acusar teu velho pai
de crime de morte, por c
...more
Köksal Kök
Sokrates (MÖ. 469-MÖ. 399)
Platon-Eflatun (M.Ö. 427-M.Ö. 347)

kitapta Platon, hocası Sokratesin Euthyphronla yaptığı sohbeti yazar.

din üzerine olan bu sohbetin özü "din saçmalıktır, panteon keyfidir, ve bunlara gerek yoktur, düşünerek insan bunlara ihtiyacı olmadığını bulabilir-anlayabilir, yerim ulen zeusu" dur. haklıdır da adam. "bu saçmalıklar yüzünden niye mahkeme kapılarındayım arkadaş" diyor bi nevi.
Antonio Kowatsch
This conversation between Euthyphro and Socrates perfectly highlights some of Socrates' delusions of grandeur. After all he compared his circumstances to those of Zeus and Cronos. And later he claims that he's a descendant of Daedalus and that he even supersedes him, because unlike Daedalus's inventions he makes other people's points "move around".

The main topic of their discussion was the true nature of piety.
Socrates argued that Euthyphro doesn't really have a clear definition of piety and the
...more
Erik Graff
Sep 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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
Paul Christensen
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a frustrating dialogue, because Euthyphro throws in the towel
Before Socrates has properly interrogated him (technically, a foul).

Socrates does not understand the Homeric account of the gods.
That disagreements should arise among them is not particularly odd;

The essential mission of Aryan gods is eternal war against Entropy,
Decreasing the amount of which in the cosmos is true definition of piety.

In this the gods are as one, and what is loved by them all is pious;
They follow an imperative
...more
Simo Ibourki
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
The Euthyphro dilemma
Is what is morally good commanded by God because it is morally good, or is it morally good because it is commanded by God?

That's the question that Socrates tries to answer in this dialogue.
But as nearly all his dialogues he doesn't answer the question, he merely asks more questions and get everybody confused.
But it's still a central question in theological and ethical philosophy and I love socrates for asking this type of questions.
Marts  (Thinker)
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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...
Jeenar ژینەر
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
we can't define feelings and the power of believing , it's what Socrates wanted and pushed Eutifron to tell him in order to defend himself in front of the judges he will face, I do believe this kind of brains like Eutifron has always been available since the dawn of life unable to define and describe what are really is theses feelings and how can one feel or understand them perfectly.
Hussain Ali
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
محاورة استثنائية جدا. مفيد جدا لمن يبحث عن أوائل من تكلموا عن الحسن والقبح العقليين.
Rowland Pasaribu
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ericka Clouther
This is sort of interesting in terms of questioning the relationship between ethics and religion, but since it refers mostly to the pagan gods with various different opinions, some of the arguments are not that interesting.
Dylan Blanchard
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this was my first reading of a "classic", if you will.
SO MUCH TO READ LEARN THINK ABOUT.

k ✌
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Categories
  • The Essential Epicurus
  • Fragments
  • Confessions of a Philosopher: A Personal Journey Through Western Philosophy from Plato to Popper
  • The Origins of Greek Thought
  • Early Greek Philosophy
  • Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and The Natural History of Religion
  • Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks
  • The Foundations of Arithmetic: A Logico-Mathematical Enquiry into the Concept of Number
  • Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous
  • Parmenides of Elea: Fragments: A Text and Translation with an Introduction
  • Eumenides (Ορέστεια, #3)
  • The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy
  • The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers
  • Hecuba
  • Principia Ethica (Philosophical Classics)
  • The Nature of the Gods
  • Dracula's Guest
879
(Greek: Πλάτων) (Arabic: أفلاطون) (Alternate Spelling: Platón, Platone)
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 philosoph
...more
More about Plato...

Nonfiction Deals

  • Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn: Life's Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our Losses
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future Is Selling Less of More
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Quantum Healing (Revised and Updated): Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine
    $12.99 $1.99
  • Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
    $15.99 $1.99
  • Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life
    $13.99 $2.99
  • Funny In Farsi: A Memoir Of Growing Up Iranian In America
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity
    $5.99 $2.99
  • The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France
    $8.49 $1.99
  • Bad Boy
    $7.74 $1.99
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
    $4.99 $1.99
  • All Over But the Shoutin'
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change
    $13.99 $1.99
  • WEIRD: Because Normal Isn't Working
    $6.99 $2.99
  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness
    $5.99 $0.99

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“I prefer nothing, unless it is true.” 14 likes
“As it is, the lover of inquiry must follow his beloved wherever it may lead him.” 12 likes
More quotes…