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Plato: Euthyphro and Meno

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In this module, Nakul explores one of the most striking features of Plato's early dialogues: why is Socrates so interested in defining things, and why do so few dialogues end with a definition actually being decided upon? This module focuses in particular on Euthyphro's attempt to define 'piety'.


This course examines the life of Socrates, before looking at his famous philosophical method and asking, why was Socrates so interested in defining what things mean? After this, we look more closely at two early dialogues of Plato which feature Socrates as a character: Euthyphro and Meno. After introducing this dialogues, we explore an important episode in each dialogue, each of which is now considered one of the most important moments in the history of Western philosophy: Euthyphro's Dilemma and Meno's Paradox.


Nakul is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. In addition to Plato's Euthyphro and Meno, he also teaches Plato's Republic as well as Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics.

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Krishna, N. (2018, August 15). Plato: Euthyphro and Meno - Definition [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Krishna, N. "Plato: Euthyphro and Meno – Definition." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,