Platos Euthyphro

Platos work follows the journey of Socrates as he was traveling to a court trial where he is accused of honoring other gods. While traveling he met Euthyphro, a man known to be a religious expert. These two men engaged in a discussion about piety and Gods will and they reached a dilemma of determining what the real source of moral values is. The argument tackled on the question whether something is loved by gods because it is good or is it good because it is loved by the gods. Based on my understanding, I believe that the discussions of Socrates and Euthyphro that was stirred up by saying that gods love the pious because they are pious then adding that they are pious because gods made them is very conflicting. The dilemma also pose a disagreement to the Divine Command Theory for it questions if an action is automatically good because gods willed it or did the gods will it because it is good. If the second idea is deemed true, then where does the moral good come from Platos Euthyphro ends with no resolution to the dilemma.

Source of Moral Value According to Kant
Immanuel Kant is regarded as one of the most influential philosophers of all time. In his lifetime of intelligent work, Kant has carried out different means of establishing what the source of moral value is. His works begin by establishing the idea that practical reason, and not experience, is what shapes humans way of thinking. Based on this idea, he said that reasoning enables us to form our idea of obligations to the world and definition of morality. Kant said that moral systems are rooted on categorical imperatives, the representation of the universal moral laws that we ought to apply in the world we live in. Our adherence to our duties based on these imperatives is what determines our moral values. Thus correct reasoning is the first important step to morality because it is the basis of our sense of duty.



Post a Comment