Tuesday, June 17, 2008
What is piety? We find Socrates in this dialogue under indictment and on his way to the trial. He meets a prophet, Euthyphro, who claims to know the nature of piety and plans to prosecute his father for murder of a slave.
The lines are drawn and we are presented with several definitions of piety as Euthyphro attempts to deal with Socrates' questioning. Do we get a definition that works? No, but we find the struggle itself is one that defines the dilemma of the limits of our knowledge, Humility and respect for these limits are the gifts bestowed to the attentive reader - Euthyphro leaves unbowed.
Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo by Plato. G. M. A. Grube, trans. Hackett Publishing, Indianapolis. 2002.