I adjure you to tell me the nature of piety . . .

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Without being aware of it, we have been drawn into the Socratic method. A chance meeting between Euthyphro and Socrates has led to a discussion about the necessity of acting in a "holy" (i.e. pious) manner. To Socrates' way of thinking, one must know the definition of "piety" before one can act that way! Consequently, he begins the dialogue by inquiring into the very nature of piety, itself. As you will see, Euthyphro, like so many interlocutors in other dialogues, does not define the object in question but merely gives an example!