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Pleasure, Mind, and SoulSelected Papers in Ancient Philosophy$
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C. C. W. Taylor

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226399

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226399.001.0001

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The End of the Euthyphro 1

The End of the Euthyphro 1

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(p.62) 4 The End of the Euthyphro1
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Pleasure, Mind, and Soul
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C. C. W. Taylor

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226399.003.0004

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

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