Euthyphro & Plato's Beliefs on Ethics


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What approach does Socrates use in Plato's Euthyphro to examine the topic of ethics?

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1. Which of the following best summarizes Plato's belief of ethics?

2. In the text Euthyphro, what question does Socrates repeatedly ask of the other character?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Achieving well-being and happiness, in Plato's opinion, are the prime aspirations of our lives as human beings. This quiz and corresponding worksheet can help you gauge your grasp of what is needed to accomplish this goal, according to the ancient Greek philosophers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Socrates' approach to the examination of ethics
  • Plato's belief of ethics
  • The focus of Socrates' questions put to Euthyphro about ethics
  • How Plato suggests we should conduct our lives
  • How Euthyphro concludes his conversation with Socrates

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related philosophy lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about ethics in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as eudaimonia and aretê
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Plato's views on ethics

Additional Learning

To learn more about Plato's outlook on ethics, review the corresponding lesson titled Euthyphro & Plato's Beliefs on Ethics. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss the setting of Plato's Euthyphro
  • Investigate the method, as reported by Plato, Socrates used to teach in his conversation with Euthyphro
  • Explain what Plato meant by the term ''virtue ethics''