Euthyphro's Examples Of Socratic Ignorance

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1. Socratic Ignorance is where a person indirectly admits that don’t know the answer to what they don’t know. In other words they know they that they don’t know everything. Euthyphro is a good example of socratic ignorance because Euthyphro claims that he knows what is holy and what is not considering that he is charging his father for the crime of killing a murderer. So Socrates asks him to define what is holy and what is not. Euthyphro’s first attempt to is to try and explain that charging individuals that have committed religious crimes or offenses can be an example of holiness. However, Socrates doesn’t find this to be a compelling answer and goes on to list other actions that can be considered holy. Euthyphro then tries to explain that something is holy if the all of the gods are able to agree on it. However, Socrates states that something might seem holy to one of the gods, but not all of them because they fight over different issues often times. After a few more attempts at defining what is holy, Euthyphro isn’t able to give Socrates an answer that is satisfying to him and leaves because he is annoyed by Socrates questioning him. Throughout the story Socrates is trying to see if Euthyphro can teach him what is holy because Euthyphro claims that he knows what it means to be holy. However, Socrates was the one who was teaching Euthyphro because everytime he tried to give Socrates an answer to what is holy he would make a counter argument as to why it isn’t a good

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