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Plato: Euthyphro and Meno

3. The Euthyphro Dilemma

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In this module, Nakul tackles one of the most famous episodes across all of Plato's writings - the so-called Euthyphro dilemma - a problem that Euthyphro comes across in his attempt to answer the question: 'What makes something holy or pious?'


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 - The Euthyphro Dilemma [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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