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For over two thousand years Socratic dialogues have had a deep effect on the progression of society A key example of an effective Socratic dialogue is that of Platos Euthyphro Socrates demonstrates among other things the extent to which in our youth we are the most ignorant In addition he utilizes his conversation with Euthyphro to accomplish certain things that directly benefit only him He uses this conversation to show that he is truly not as wise as everyone believes him to be He vents his bitterness and practices speaking in preparation for the upcoming trial with Meletus In part he successfully achieves all of the things he set out to accomplish In order for Socrates to effectively show the ignorance that is inherently apparent within the youth of society he must first demonstrate that with age comes knowledge Using Euthyphro as an example Socrates first gets Euthyphro to engage in a dialogue on a subject that Euthyphro believes himself to be knowledgeable He accomplishes this through a combination of flattery and sarcasm numerous times during the dialogue At one point he goes so far as to say Rare friend I think that I cannot do better than be your disciple p 12 In doing this Socrates builds up Euthyphros confidence giving him the assuredness to match wits with Socrates Socrates next step is to discredit anything Euthyphro says Socrates does this by challenging Euthyphros beliefs and opinions thereby challenging his very morals is your knowledge of religion and things pious and impious so very exact that supposing the circumstances to be as you state them you are not afraid lest you too may be doing an impious thing p 12 It is through this that Socrates begins challenging Euthyphros knowledge While challenging Euthyphro directly Socrates is setting a precedent for which he has abided through out his entire search to disprove the oracle In Platos Apology Socrates defines the absolute basis for all
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