David Charles offers 14 new essays by way of major specialists regarding definition in Greek philosophers from Socrates to Plotinus.
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9 The nature and scope of this claim is of course controversial, but for present purposes we need only note that it introduces some form of epistemological dependence, of knowledge that X is pious on knowledge that X satisﬁes the deﬁnition of piety: the deﬁnition must be such as to make this dependence possible. As we shall see, the refutation of Euthyphro’s deﬁnition reveals an ontological or metaphysical dependence too: being pious depends on satisfying the deﬁnition. This idea will come into more focus when we discuss the argument.
265. 20 For discussion of this question, see M. Frede’s ‘Stoics and Sceptics on Clear and Distinct Impressions’, in Essays in Ancient Philosophy, Minnesota, 1987, pp. 151–76. INTRODUCTION 21 used in scientiﬁc or ethical enquiry? If so, was the sole purpose of their deﬁnitions to give the resources properly to investigate these differing areas? On this account, once the enquirer has an adequate set of concepts, his scientiﬁc or ethical enquiry will, if successful, lead him to discover how things are in the world.
This idea will come into more focus when we discuss the argument. Dependence of this sort seems to rule against identity as the relation between deﬁniens and being pious;10 although we might ﬁnd it natural to think in terms of constitution at this point, other relations may not be excluded, as I said above, and there is no discussion of the nature of this relation in the Euthyphro itself. 7 Richard Sharvey makes the suggestion that the relationship might be something like an Aristotelian formal cause (‘Euthyphro 9d–11b: Analysis and Deﬁnition in Plato and Others’, Nouˆs 6 (1972), 119–37, at pp.