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You were on the point of doing so but you turned away If you had given that answer I should now have acquired from you sufficient knowledge of the nature of pietyEuthyphro 14c To understand why Socrates was tormenting Euthyphro throughout this dialogue and why he considers himself to be the gods gift to youApology 30e it is necessary to first examine what Socrates himself believes the nature of piety is Through a careful analysis of Socrates own words in the Euthyphro Apology and Protagoras it is possible to come to a concrete conclusion of what Socrates viewed the virtue of piety to beIf we can accept Socrates contributions to the Euthyphro then he believed that piety was some sort of service to the gods like a craftsman helping the gods to produce something good Brickhouse and Smith 66 The problem with this definition is that Euthyphro never suitably elaborates on what it is exactly that a pious person is able to produce in serving the gods His finally ejaculates the almost laughable many fine things SocratesEuthyphro 13e in an attempt to ward off any further questions making piety almost seem as some kind of system of exchange between the gods and men Socrates believes that piety is not an art of commercial exchanges between gods and men since the gods require no gifts from us while we are in need of the gifts they have to offer Vlastos 174Furthermore Socrates rejects Euthyphros attempts to define piety as something dear to the gods Piety does not depend on any outside influences like the love of the gods or the way anyone feels about it It has its own identity restricting any interpretation by men or gods Vlastos 165 From these clues dropped in the Euthyphro it can be concluded that Socrates viewed piety as some kind of constant behavior outside of the influences of men or gods Piety also can be loosely thought of as
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