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Brad Inwood

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644384

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644384.001.0001

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Lessons From Euthyphro 10A–11B

Lessons From Euthyphro 10A–11B

(p.1) Lessons From Euthyphro 10A–11B
Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy

Matthew Evans

Oxford University Press

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

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