Euthyphro's Definitions of Piety
The "Euthyphro dilemma": Do the gods loves piety because it is
pious, or is it pious because they love it?
Question for reflection: Does God command what God commands
because God sees what is just and unjust by nature, or do God's
commands determine the very standards of the just and the unjust,
right and wrong?
Piety =df what Euthyphro is doing, namely, prosecuting
it does not show why other pious acts are pious (indeed, it
does not show why Euthyphro's own act is pious).
Piety =df what the gods love.
(a) Euthyphro holds that the gods differ about what they
(b) a single action cannot be both pious and not pious.
Piety =df what all the gods love (Compare: the right,
the good is what God loves or approves of.) Fails because:
(a) the reason for applying a