Episode 004: Parodying Plato

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platoEpisode 4 already. One more episode and I’m halfway to 10!

The main feature of this show is an audio dialogue, “A New Euthyphro.” This dialogue is a re-make of part of Plato’s Euthyphro dialogue, with a twist: This time Socrates’ is armed with a little more philosophical acuity than the bumbling Euthyphro that Socrates gave us. This time, the so-called “Euthyphro Dilemma” fails abysmally as an attack on divine command ethics.

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  • Philosophickle June 11, 2008, 10:47 am

    I don’t think ED fails, I think you just bit the bullet.

  • Glenn June 11, 2008, 1:58 pm

    Actually Philosophickle, one of the major points in the dialogue was to explain why – contrary to my Socrates character – the alleged bullet of horrendous commands need not be bitten at all.

    Thus the two supposed attacks used by proponents of the supposed dilemma (namely, the possibility that God follows a higher law, and the possibility of horrendous commands) do fail. If I have not argued for that, then I have failed.

  • Dizzle June 13, 2008, 2:46 pm

    Where is your iTunes subscription link on your page? Tsk, tsk.

  • Glenn June 13, 2008, 10:56 pm

    Dizzle, iTunes is giving me some grief at the moment. When that gets fixed, I’ll add the iTunes subscription link to my existing instructions on subscription.

  • Ruben January 10, 2011, 2:38 pm

    Excellent, Glenn! I thoroughly enjoyed this hilarious dialogue.

    In fact, the point about God’s will being normative in a reality/universe which He creates was one which I independently arrived at when pondering Euthyphro’s Dilemma. Whatever is good in this universe is that which the Maker of this universe considers to be good, by definition.

    One point at which I am not sure I agree with your Euthyphro is whether there could be other worlds with different moralities. It seems to me that since God doesn’t change, there cannot be other universes in which goodness radically differs from ours.

    Again, thanks for this great podcast.


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