Euthyphro was written by Plato and published around 380 BCE. It presents us with Socrates, shortly before his trial on charges of impiety, engaging the likely fictional character or Euthyphro on the topic of holiness. Rather than focusing on positive doctrines or ideas, the dialogue is characterized by the use of Socratic irony as Socrates attempts to teach others to recognize their own ignorance. Euthyphro—along with The Apology, Crito, and Phaedo—together comprise the quartet of  Plato’s works that are sometimes collectively called The Trial and Death of Socrates.


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