Plato’s EuthyphroBy Jerry Salyer for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
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.