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Awaiting his trial on charges of impiety and heresy, Socrates encounters Euthyphro, a self-proclaimed authority on matters of piety and the will of the gods. Socrates, desiring instruction in these matters, converses with Euthyphro, but as usual, the man who professes to know nothing fares better than the man who claims to be an expert.

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Published February 10th 2011 by Duckworth Publishers (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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Εὐθύφρων = Euthuphrōn = Euthyphro, Plato
Euthyphro (Ancient Greek: Εὐθύφρων, translit. Euthuphrōn), (399–395 BC), by Plato, is a Socratic dialogue whose events occur in the weeks before the trial of Socrates (399 BC), The Euthyphro dialogue occurs near the court of the archon basileus (king magistrate), where Socrates and Euthyphro encounter each other; each man is present at the court for the preliminary hearings to possible trials.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه دسامبر سال 1970 میلادی
عنوان: دیانت اوتیف
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
Apr 15, 2010 rated it liked it
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?
Roy Lotz
Euthyphro begins the story of the trial and death of Socrates. It is one of Plato’s best known and, I think, best executed pieces. Here we see the Socratic dialogue form stripped to its bare essentials, with only two speakers, one problem, and minimal framing. Socrates is on his way to his trial; he has been accused, among other things, of impiety. He meets Euthyphro, a soothsayer, who is on his way to his own trial; he is prosecuting his father for murder, after his father’s negligence led to t ...more
Monotony Boy
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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
David Sarkies
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked 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
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
Amir Latifi
ضمن این مکالمهی کوتاه سقراط و اوتریفون که از زبان افلاطون بیان میشود، سقراط پرسشی را مطرح میکند که به دو راهی اوتیفرون معروف شده و نظریهی فرمان الهی را به چالش میکشد.

نظریهی فرمان الهی دیدگاهی فرااخلاقی (فرااخلاق بر محور خود چیستی اخلاق متمرکز است) است و طرفداران آن معتقدند:
عملی از نظر اخلاقی خوب است که به فرمان یک خدا یا الوهیت باشد. در این دیدگاه، هرچه خداوند به آن امر کند، خوب وصواب است و هرچه از آن نهی کند، بد و خطاست.

دو راهی اوتیفرون این نظریه را مورد پرسش قرار میدهد:
سقراط از اثیفرون میپرسد
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, classics
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
B. P. Rinehart
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
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: greek, greece, philosophy
Not as interesting to 'modern' readers as the other dialogues since this on focuses only on the question of 'what is piety?', which nobody really cares about any more, but still a worthwhile read for Socrates' slow dismantling of Euthyphro's assumptions and implicit axioms.

Also fun to imagine Euthyphro's eye-rolling:

SOCRATES: Then piety, Euthyphro, is an art which gods and men have of doing business with another?
EUTHYPHRO: That is an expression which you may use, if you like.

Brad Lyerla
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Socrates is the most nobel sass master of all the times
Vatroslav Herceg
Matica hrvatska
Zagreb, 1998.
Preveo i priredio Jure Zovko
Izdanje je dvojezično, jedna stranica je na starogrčkom izvorniku, dok je njoj sučeljena na hrvatskom jeziku.
Platonovi spisi su zasigurno jedno od najvećih djela Zapadne kulture. Zanimljivo je da religija Druza smatra sve Platonove tekstove dijelom njihova svetog kanona;
Ovaj dijalog je kognitivni battle između Sokrata i atenskog svećenika Eutifrona.
Jezik je tipično platonovski. Protočan, životan, svev
Fernando Ferreira
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"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
A Bookish ✧ Fable
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Euthyphro: I don’t understand your reasoning, Socrates.

oh, would u look at that. The whole book in only 6 words hMm
Honest to god what was this whole conversation even ending on?😂 I felt like I just wasted my time with something that sounded like me and my mom arguing with a wall between us!

Socrates - So is this what you mean?

Euthyphro - Yes.

- B..but you just said the oposite?! So you’re telling me that we were just agreeing on something that we thought was right, but that we now think is wro
Jafar Isbarov
-Then please, my dear Euthyphro, instruct me too, that I may grow wiser.
-The trouble is, Socrates, that I can't tell you what I have in mind, because whatever we suggest keeps moving around somehow, and refuses to stay put where we established it.

I could not help smirking while reading this humiliation, as fictitious as it may be. And I somewhat pitied poor Euthypro, as he apparently was no match for Socrates. Indeed, Socrates seems to have gained nothing but amusement from this, ahem, deba
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
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Juan José
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SÒCRATES confunde al pobre EUTIFRON.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having read this after enjoying Apology of Socrates and being disturbed and fascinating by its counterpart in the Crito, I am fascinated by the ethical complexities and riches that I can get, about piety, justice, divinity, wisdom, and more, from Euthyphro, read in the Wests’ translation for Cornell University Press.

I had fun noticing the Socratic dialogue’s technicals, the way Socrates goes down to the foundations, questions presuppositions, engages with poetic and traditional conventions about
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
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
Rana Adham
More on this later. My first ever ancient Greek book. Plato is Greek, right?


It struck me in the end that Socrates did not give us the definition of "Piety" from his own point of you. The whole dialogue was directed at refuting Euthyphro's multiple explanations.

Now to Meno, and then hopefully the Republic.
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