Four Texts on Socrates: Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito and Aristophanes' Clouds - Plato's Euthyphro Summary & Analysis

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Plato's Euthyphro Summary and Analysis

The Euthyphro is the first of the three famous Socratic dialogues concerning the arrest, trial and execution of the great Greek philosophy, Socrates. 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. They relate their cases to one another. 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. Socrates, true to his nature as a rigorous interlocutor, asks Euthyphro to explain to him what it means to be pious. The dialogue continues with Euthyphro offering theories of piety...

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