Euthyphro

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The first dialogue of Plato that I've read, and it's by far the funnest to read, in my opinion. If you've never gone through a Plato dialogue, and are wondering how a philosophical discussion can be "fun", here's the rundown.
Socrates has been accused of corrupting the youth through his breakthrough school. While going through town, he is met by a prosecutor, who then chews him out for his crimes. Socrates asks him the question of whether or not he considers himself an expert on what is holy, and this invariably leads to the question of what exactly is holy. Is it holy because the gods say so, or is it holy to begin with, and thus what the gods stand for? And regardless of this, the gods often quarrel amongst themselves, and therefore contradict eachother. In this case, does the issue of holyness change?
These questions are too much for the lawyer, and the dialogue becomes an excellent lesson on how to make fools out of morons. It's short, and fairly straight forward. Best of all, if you're in high school, there's a good chance your teacher will give you either extra credit or double points on it (it worked for me, and if you buy the small green book with the greek text on the left page, that's quadruple points. Just make sure the teacher doesn't notice.)
 

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