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The dilemma[ edit ] Socrates and Euthyphro discuss the nature of piety in Plato's Euthyphro. Euthyphro then revises his definition, so that piety is only that which is loved by all of the gods unanimously 9e.
At this point the dilemma surfaces. Socrates asks whether the gods love the pious because it is the pious, or whether the pious is pious only because it is loved by the gods 10a.
Socrates and Euthyphro both contemplate the first option: But this means, Socrates argues, that we are forced to reject the second option: Socrates points out that if both options were true, they together would yield a vicious circle, with the gods loving the pious because it is the pious, and the pious being the pious because the gods love it.
And this in turn means, Socrates argues, that the pious is not the same as the god-beloved, for what makes the pious the pious is not what makes the god-beloved the god-beloved. After all, what makes the god-beloved the god-beloved is the fact that the gods love it, whereas what makes the pious the pious is something else 9da.
Thus Euthyphro's theory does not give us the very nature of the pious, but at most a quality of the pious 11ab.
In philosophical theism[ edit ] The dilemma can be modified to apply to philosophical theism, where it is still the object of theological and philosophical discussion, largely within the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic traditions.
As German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz presented this version of the dilemma: But there remains the question whether it is good and just because God wills it or whether God wills it because it is good and just; in other words, whether justice and Goodness are arbitrary or whether they belong to the necessary and eternal truths about the nature of things.
According to scholar Terence Irwinthe issue and its connection with Plato was revived by Ralph Cudworth and Samuel Clarke in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Philosophers and theologians aiming to defend theism against the threat of the dilemma have developed a variety of responses. God commands it because it is right[ edit ] Supporters[ edit ] The first horn of the dilemma i.
Roughly, it is the view that there are independent moral standards: This is the view accepted by Socrates and Euthyphro in Plato's dialogue. The Mu'tazilah school of Islamic theology also defended the view with, for example, Nazzam maintaining that God is powerless to engage in injustice or lying as did the Islamic philosopher Averroes.
Contemporary philosophers of religion who embrace this horn of the Euthyphro dilemma include Richard Swinburne   and T. Mawson  though see below for complications. Criticisms[ edit ] Sovereignty: If there are moral standards independent of God's will, then "[t]here is something over which God is not sovereign.
God is bound by the laws of morality instead of being their establisher.Compare How Hobbes and Augustine Think the Condition of War Arises and Thomas Hobbes Pages: 3 ( words) Published: of this essay is to "use economic theory and illustrative examples to outline the circumstances under which a price war could come about and the likely consequences for the participating firms and their consumers".
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