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Socrates Euthyphro Throughout Euthyphro Socrates explains many examples that represent how someone can have knowledge or lack there of pertaining to such things as piety virtue justice and practical wisdom The first step in explaining these theories is when he has a run-in with Euthyphro Euthyphro declares that his action toward his father sentencing for murder of a slave is pious and the gods appreciate it He states that piety is something that is loved by the gods Socrates on the other hand does not understand this and begins to demonstrate how Euthyphro does not really know what he is saying He explains that the gods are always at war and not agreeing completely on everything therefor how can something be pious if not all the gods love it But there are some things that all gods agree upon such as masses numbers and sizes But do the gods really love these things Are these things loved because they are pious or pious because they are loved Socrates proclaims that piety does not have one form It would have to be the same at all times and actions that are loved by the gods do not necessarily make them pious He also declares that where there is piety there is also justice but where there is justice there is not always piety Euthyphro then tries to state that caring for the gods such as sacrifice and prayer is pious but again Socrates does not agree Socrates asks who is benefited from giving to the gods It may be pleasing to the gods but how is it beneficial or loved by them so how can these actions be pious In the beginning of Apology Socrates explains that it is much easier to gain knowledge about scientific or religious conceptions than moral concepts He declares to the audience that his friend Chairephon went to the oracle and asked if anyone was wiser than Socrates The
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