In fact, it might just be as much a problem for atheism. At the very least, it's the most famous bit of the dialogue so it get's a name.
Euthyphro's Dilemma, but it wouldn't be interesting if it were only, but it wouldn't be interesting if it were only a problem for Euthyphro's particular way of thinking, and believing.
But really, it was caused by the fact that everyone, gods and mortals, wants to be fair. This is an issue that comes up again and again in Meno and Republic. As I say in the book, at this point any monotheists or atheists in the audience are likely to be patting themselves on the back, looking at Euthyphro's distress.
Euthyphro's definition problem seems to be a peculiar function of his polytheism.
It's easy to imagine a myth that reinforces the simple moral that murder is bad.
Just tell any old story about an evil murderer who gets struck by lightening.The Goddess, Eris, the Goddess of discord, who wasn't invited to a certain dinner party because, obviously, got her revenge by means of a golden apple, inscribed for the fairest.There is nothing in this world, better for starting fights, than fairness. Paris is forced to judge a beauty contest between Hera Zeus' wife Athena, and Aphrodite, goddess of love. It ends with the Trojan War, ten years of fighting. Some people will tell you that it started because Paris stole Helen.Why introduce such a complicated legal case and then not make these complications the focus of the dialogue?When I'm criticizing my student's papers, I often make this point.We'll start the next video With Euthyphro's dilemma. Did you accidentally type holy twice there at the beginning? Lets end this one with a little quiz, which poses it. Sometimes they're just lying of course, but very frequently they really think that what they did was okay.For whatever complicated reason to do with the specifics of the case.In your introduction, you bring up all these different issues and then you don't discuss them.Don't put more on your plate than you can eat. But in a dialogue there's a real human point to introducing these complexities and just letting them sit there unresolved, undigested.