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Euthyphro Platos Euthyphro is an obscure dialogue conversation that attempts to unveil an ideal meaning or definition of piety holiness The purpose of this paper as a whole is to analyze shifts or transitions as to where definitions of piety are being made Furthermore it will attempt to capture the circular pattern of their conversation while attempting to define piety Each attempt to define the meaning is captured in a series of succinct definitions set out by Euthyphro and rejected by Plato This paper will dissect numerous definitions and give reason why Plato rejects them It is essential to understand the role of the gods to establish the definition of piety All those in Athenian society during Platos existence and well who did wrong did wrong against the gods Therefore all wrong doers are prosecuted for the sake of the gods It was seen that these wrong doers did commit a wrong that was ungodly On the other hand it was unknown to Plato what exactly godliness and ungodliness where Plato seeks the divine knowledge of Euthyphro to set him free from his prosecutor According to Euthyphro Definition One of piety is to prosecute the wrong doer His definition as it is documented it strictly found in one form after to bring forth an individual before a jury who has done wrong Therefore prosecuting ones ungodly actions is acting in an pious fashion Plato has trouble with Euthyphros statement and clearly rejects on the basis of being unclear Plato was seeking one clear natural form of the definition not varying instances or examples of what is said to be a pious act Definition Two comes as a result of Platos disapproval of Definition One What is dear to the gods is pious what is not is impious 7a It can be identified by Euthyphros second definition that what is in the best interest of the gods is considered to be pious For
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