Abstract

There has been endless debate about the exchanges regarding the relation of divine love and piety in Plato’s Euthyphro. This debate has mostly missed what is truly puzzling about these exchanges—and hence the import of the dialogue as a whole—which is why Socrates is able to refute Euthyphro, the man. What is particularly puzzling is why Euthyphro accepts the suggestion that leads to his refutation. In answering this question by analyzing the drama of the dialogue, I discuss the deeper issue in the dialogue—the significance and nature of human autonomy.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 479-494
Launched on MUSE
2015-02-19
Open Access
No
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