Plato’s Euthyphro

By Jerry Salyer for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
http://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2011/11/platos-euthyphro/

If you haven’t read Euthyphro, then you should.  If you have read it, then you should read it again.

In this early Platonic dialogue, Socrates encounters a young man named Euthyphro, who intends to drag his own father into court and charge him with impiety.  This opens up a discussion of what piety is, as well as whether or not the know-it-all Euthyphro should submit to  tradition, which tends to frown upon sons attacking their sires.  In addition to investigating piety, the dialogue also illustrates the art of dialectic — i.e., rational discussion.

Via the Chronicles website, Thomas Fleming will be leading a discussion of this classic work.

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