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The End of the <i>Euthyphro</i> <sup>1</sup>

C. C. W. Taylor

in Pleasure, Mind, and Soul

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226399
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191710209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226399.003.0004
 The End of the Euthyphro  1

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This chapter argues that the concluding section of the Euthyphro suggests — despite the ostensibly aporetic ending of the dialogue — a positive account of the nature of piety or holiness (hosiotēs), namely that it is identical with virtue as a whole, since holiness is doing what the gods require, and what the gods require of humans is simply that they should be virtuous. The dialogue thus implicitly applies to holiness the doctrine of the unity of the virtues, explicitly maintained in the Protagoras.

Keywords: holiness; piety; religion; gods; justice; virtue; unity of the virtues

Chapter.  5169 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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