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The concept that moral actions are those that conform to Gods will is within the context of the Divine Command Theory This theory explores whether an action is right or wrong by determining whether or not an action conforms to Gods will If an action does conform then it is morally permissible if it does not then it is impermissible This theory is shattered however when the will of God is scrutinized by Socrates in a dialogue with Euthyphro at the entrance of the law courts Socrates was prompted to inquire into the spirit of piety and his very moral fiber after a politician named Meletus charged him with corrupting the young with his impiety Euthyphros dilemma surrounds Socrates discussion regarding the definition of piety Euthyphro believes that his actions are pious and Socrates challenges him to define holy and unholy Euthyphro responds that what he is now doing is holy - prosecuting a wrongdoer his own father of murder Socrates reasons that Euthyphro is prosecuting his father because the person killed must have been a relative He seems to think that it makes a difference whether or not the victim was a member of the family but Euthyphro points out that the real matter is whether or not it was right for his father to commit murder Socrates interested in Euthyphros knowledge of all things divine wishes to become Euthyphros student so that he can challenge Meletus before the trial He asks Euthyphro to prove what piousness is using logic but Euthyphro is unable to do so because the divine command theory doesnt stand up under Socrates scrutiny Socrates points out that what is pious must be pious outside of the fact that the gods love it If the gods love it there is no information to explain why they love it The only thing that can be explained is that they love particular acts The fact that they recognize an act
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