Does Euthyphro's 'Holy As Depicted In Socrates'

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The journey to defining holy started when Socrates complimented Euthyphro on his religious knowledge. Euthyphro was prosecuting his own father for unintentional murder and Socrates felt that to do such a thing, a man must be strong in his beliefs. Euthyphro relies to the compliment stating that he indeed does know all the knowledge of being holy. Socrates then urges him to explain to him what holiness is as it may help him in trial again Meletus. Euthyphro’s first attempt at defining the word is vague and is as follows: “All right, I’d say that the holy is just what I’m doing now: prosecuting wrongdoers” (Plato 7). In this attempt he merely states that it is persecuting religious offenders however, I believe Euthyphro meant that in this particular situation he was being holy by doing what is right; Socrates was not pleased with this…show more content…
Socrates asks Euthyphro to tell him a characteristic that all holy things share in common. After Socrates critiques the definition Euthyphro makes another attempt to define the word saying “what is agreeable to the gods is holy, and what is not agreeable to them is unholy” (Plato 8). After this definition, Socrates thinks about it and still finds the definition to be inadequate as the gods may quarrel sometimes. Socrates says that under this definition what is holy could be unholy at the same time and explains that by this definition Euthyphro may be unholy in the eyes of some gods in for punishing his father. The idea that something can be holy and unholy, contrary to Socrates beliefs, in my opinion does happen. For example, if a man were to steal medicine (unholy) for his dying wife who has cancer because he can’t get the medication even after begging the pharmacist who is making excess profit (unholy) he is being both holy and

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