“Euthyphro” By Plato
The telling of this conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro by Plato is one where Plato was the student of Socrates at one time. Plato identifies Socrates initially seeking instruction from Euthyphro since he’s in jail for impiety and Socrates discovers that Euthyphro is there to put his father away for murder in his own case. Socrates flatters him by telling him that he must be an expert of all religious things. Socrates seeks his knowledge of higher power and how gods see the difference of piety and impiety and of what’s justified for him to be indicted on such charges as creating gods, corrupting the youth, and denying the old gods. Socrates flatters him by telling him that he must be an expert of all religious things but Socrates in all actuality already knew the answer to the questions. The irony is that Socrates really plays the role of student to Euthyphro at first but in fact it was him doing the teaching to Euthyphro. For all, Euthyphro’s theories of what gods agree on as acceptable as holy or just. Whether, it is piety or impiety to man and who sees it as justified, Socrates would dis agree and breakdown all his arguments as if they had no meaning at all and frustrate him.
Plato, writes this as Euthyphro is prosecuting his own father of murder and Socrates is accusing him of chastising his father, which is why he wanted to see what his religious beliefs are. After, Socrates