October 29, 2013
- To make the case against D.C.E., we shall read Plato’s great dialogue The Euthyphro.
Before getting to this, a couple of preparatory remarks are in order.
o How to cite Plato
Don’t use the page number of the translation you are using
Instead, use the Stephanus numbers
• Page and column
o What’s the point of the dialogues?
- An introduction to the Euthyphro
o The protagonists are Socrates and Euthyphro
o The name “Euthyphro” means “straight thinker”
o They meet the outside the courtroom where Socrates will be put on trial for his
o Euthyphro is there to put his father on trial for murder
o Most Athenians would be shocked by his action, but Euthyphro is sure he knows
o Because Euthyphro claims to know what the right thing to do is, Socrates asks
him to explain this matter
First Attempt at a Definition
- After it has become clear what has brought them together, Socrates asks Euthyphro to
enlighten him. This leads to Euthyphro’s first attempt at defining piety
o Socrates: “Tell me, then, what is the pious, and what the impious, do you say?”
o Euthyphro: “I say that the pious is to do what I am doing now, to prosecute the