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Robotic Euthyphro

March 5, 2010

Just in time for my unit on Socrates, Robologues do Socrates’ dialog with Euthyphro:

(HT: Abnormal Interests)

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  1. bennymiller permalink
    March 6, 2010 12:08 pm

    interesting vid… i believe or have a theory. one is made pius by the image of his own heart.
    and no one can judge what is or isnt but He who understands all hearts not us.

    For all have different opinions on what is (moral or sane) but God weighs why and justifies through one’s heart, reasons and motives.amen.

  2. March 6, 2010 7:16 pm

    Ben,

    Thanks for commenting. That’s a good starting point, but Socrates still wouldn’t let it go with that. The issue then becomes how does God weigh one’s heart as pious?

    The use of the term “weigh” seems to indicate an objective measurement outside of God. If that’s, if there is a measurement outside of God, then God’s sovereignty is at stake. God is limited in some way and not truly the all mighty Almighty.

    However, if you go the other way and say that one’s heart is declared pious simply on the basis of God’s decision (because God commands it so), another set of problems crop up. Suddenly, you have a God that is capricious, and all God’s laws are ultimately arbitrary. This means that ultimately morality is irrational. There’s no rhyme or reason as to what is right or wrong, it is merely based on the whims of the Almighty.

    Both sides have problems. Either God seems to be something less than God, or the world seems to lose all reason. This is typically referred to as the Euthyphro dilemma. It’s a Catch-22 situation that really expresses the paradox of faith on a fundamental level.

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