Euthyphro's "Dilemma", Socrates' Daimonion and Plato's God

  • Timothy Chappell Open University

Abstract

In this paper I start with the familiar accusation that divine command ethics faces a «Euthyphro dilemma». By looking at what Plato’s Euthyphro actually says, I argue that no such argument against divine-command ethics was Plato’s intention, and that, in any case, no such argument is cogent. I then explore the place of divine commands and inspiration in Plato’s thought more generally, arguing that Plato sees an important epistemic and practical role for both.
Published
2010-03-21
How to Cite
Chappell, T. (2010). Euthyphro’s "Dilemma", Socrates’ Daimonion and Plato’s God. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 2(1), 39-64. https://doi.org/10.24204/ejpr.v2i1.350
Section
Research Articles