Please join us for the second session of our Merlin Philosophy Read-In Group gatherings on November 20th (6pm-7:30pm) at Cottonwood ALC Community Center located at 322 Fuller Avenue.
In this gathering, we’ll dive into the Euthyphro. Here we step back a few days in time, when Socrates has been called to court to answer charges of impiety. Outside the courtroom, he meets his friend Euthyphro, who is on his way to bring murder charges against his own father! As Socrates and Euthyphro try to work out the right thing for each of them to do, the discussion moves from the conflict between duties (to one’s parents, and to strangers, the law, and the city) into a wider examination of what exactly it is that makes an action just or holy. Is something holy because the Gods love it, or do the Gods love it because it is already holy? The dialogue teaches us both about the specific issues of goodness, holiness, and justice; and about Socrates’ general strategies for learning, understanding, and explanation.