Euthyphro (the person)


As you will discover, Euthyphro is dogmatic but not very bright. This makes him ill-suited for the demands of the Socratic dialogue which involves a free and critical inquiry into the nature of truth. Although generally portrayed as a religious conservative, Euthyphro's strict adherence to the views of the gods as portrayed in Homer is out of step with the Athenians of his day (including the conservatives). Since the literalist position, though accepted prior to the stresses and strains of the Peloponnesian War, was no longer common by this time (399 B.C.E.), Euthyphro was in the minority and often the subject of ridicule. For Socrates, himself, a strict religious interpretation stands in the way of the quest for knowledge to which he is passionately committed.