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SharaForman PHL 103 01 In looking at the development of Platos conception of knowledge through the mouthpiece of Socrates one can see that philosophy is about questioning the limits of knowledge The ever popular and reoccurring question that philosophers want to know is what is everything The beliefs and ideas of Socrates were shared by all philosophers of their time Ignorance was a major Socratic theme Socrates was very concerned with definitions He was always questioning what something was or even how something worked for that matter However much of his ideals and beliefs were merely speculations and could not be proven Socrates can be viewed as looking for objective knowledge In the Euthyphro Socrates is under indictment for corrupting the young and not believing in the gods in whom the city believes in Euthyphro is prosecuting his own father for the murder of a laborer who is himself a murderer In the Euthyphro Socrates is in search of the definition of piety Socrates asks Euthyphro to help him understand the difference between pious and impious Euthyphro says that what is dear to the gods is pious and what is not is impious Socrates then gives the example of an action or a man that pious is dear to the gods and that an action or man that is impious is hated by the gods This leads to a discussion of how if this is so then different gods must have different opinions and views on things Things are then indeed opposites Another idea proposed by Socrates that is turned down about piety is that the same things are loved by the gods and hated by the gods at the same time They try to view this as love associated with pious and hate associated with impious However this too is not understood or accepted as the definition of piety We are then beginning to see a pattern of ignorance developing in that the obvious
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