How to Solve The Euthyphro Problem

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If one answers the question ‘What is G-ness?’ with a biconditional of the form ‘x is G iff x is F,’ one can ask whether x is G because it is F, or whether x is F because it is G. This question, known as The Euthyphro Question, invites one to choose between one of two options which are presented as mutually exclusive and jointly exhaustive: either x is G because it is F, or x is F because it is G but not both. Each answer has its attractions and difficulties. The Euthyphro Problem is the problem of choosing one rather than the other. This paper argues that holism in the theory of reasons — a view developed by Jonathan Dancy in a different context and for a different purpose — provides a novel and elegant solution to this age-old problem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-696
Number of pages12
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • Euthyphro
  • Holism


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