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Lessons From <i>Euthyphro</i> 10A–11B

Matthew Evans

in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644384
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191743344 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644384.003.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy

Lessons From Euthyphro 10A–11B

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One of Plato's favorite targets, from dialogue to dialogue, is the broadly Protagorean view that the facts about how we should live are grounded in our best beliefs about how we should live. The aim of this chapter is to show that (and how) the famous argument of Euthyphro 10A–11B can be seen to play an important role in Plato's larger anti‐Protagorean project. According to the interpretation defended here, this argument is best understood as an attack on the very idea that beliefs could ground facts in the way the Protagorean thinks they could.

Keywords: Plato; Euthyphro; Protagoras; priority; definition; gods; normativity; belief

Chapter.  17333 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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