Four Texts on Socrates: Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito and Aristophanes' Clouds Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the Euthyphro, in general terms?

The Euthyphro is the first of the three famous Socratic dialogues concerning the arrest, trial and execution of the great Greek philosophy, Socrates.

2. Who are the characters of Euthyphro? What is the setting?

The Euthyphro is a dialogue between two individuals: Socrates and his acquaintance, Euthyphro. Their conversation takes place at a government office, where both are engaged in business with the court.

3. What is the nature of the legal troubles the characters in Euthyphro are involved in?

Euthyphro is a prosecutor, but is charging his father for murder that apparently involves some disloyalty to the gods, or impiety. Socrates, on the other hand, is going to be put on trial for his own perceived impiety, or for "corrupting the youth" with his philosophy and philosophical practices.

4. What special connection to divinity does each character in Euthyphro claim to possess?

Euthyphro believes that he has special divine knowledge, which includes some prophesy, or knowledge about the future. Socrates claims that a divine voice speaks to him from time to time.

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