We must begin again and ask, What is piety?


It is typical of Plato's early dialogues, purported by scholars to give the most historically accurate portrait of Socrates, to be open-ended. One never really discovers the true nature of the object being studied, but only discovers what it is not. One shouldn't despair, however. In discovering what something is not, our smug assumptions and our ignorance of the subject are dispelled. This is real progress! Besides, if we really are committed to the pursuit of truth, this ongoing process is a moving forward by picking up the analysis where we last left off.