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Philanthropie und Frömmigkeit in Platons Euthyphron

Euree Song1


Citation Information: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. Volume 90, Issue 1, Pages 115–130, ISSN (Online) 1613-0650, ISSN (Print) 0003-9101, DOI: 10.1515/AGPH.2008.004, April 2008

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The aim of this article is to explore the significance of Socrates' philanthropy for the concept of piety sought in Plato's Euthyphro. First, I briefly sketch Socrates' self-ascribed philanthropy in contrast with Euthyphro's unreflecting envy. I then propose a cosmological interpretation of Plato's approach to piety, according to which piety lies in just service to gods as they produce their „all-beautiful“ work, which turns out to be the beautiful universe as a whole. Finally, it is attempted to link this cosmological concept of piety to Socrates' philanthropy, whereby Socrates' philosophical care for others reveals his likeness to the benevolent God in Plato's Timaeus.

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