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Euthyphro dilemma refers to a philosophical problem concerned with a view of morality related to God. It is a view that the only accepted moral standards is God’s will CITATION Elkay l 1033 (Elkins, 2018, May). This dilemma was presented by Plato in his dialogue Euthyphro. The problem starts when Socrates asks Euthyphro what he thinks is the authoritative definition of piety. Is piety doing what good people do, or what God commands? Euthyphro responds that piety is doing what is in accordance with the will of God. He also mentions that it’s not so easy to know His will, so sometimes we must depend on our human understanding. The main question then becomes how are humans supposed to understand God’s will? Socrates summarizes this question by asking whether goodness is objectively good, or if it only has value because people think it does. This paper is designed to determine Euphoria dilemma as depicted in Noah movie. This blog post will explain Plato’s theory on why things are considered good and what determines if something is in fact good or bad within his idea of morals. This will then be compared to Hollywood’s idea on morality.

In the context of Noah movie, Euphoria dilemma is vividly depicted. We are bound to see the story of eponymous hero of the Old Testament. Noah is forced to decide who deserves to be saved from an impending global catastrophe, and who deserves death by drowning in a great flood. The dilemma arises when he realizes that any human decision is bound to be arbitrary because people will disagree about what’s worth living for. Noah movie does not provide definite answer for this problem fully, but it hints at an answer – do not choose for others but instead have faith in their decisions. It seems more moralistic than ethical solution, but still satisfying on some level.

Noah movie stipulates morality and Euphoria dilemma. It is not an easy task to cater to the cultural sensitivities of public or maintaining your vision for this work. The dilemma of making a movie regarding the Noah’s Ark story is that it would offend believers of either tradition. It is very difficult und CITATION Dar14 l 1033 (Aronofsky, 2014)ertaking something like this without crossing one direction. For instance, some people do not believe in evolution will be offended by showing any form of animal death onscreen, which can be interpreted as suggesting that animals were created before man. Personally, I liked the way how it was dealt with in Noah movie because it portrayed the complexity and offered no simple solution to problem with its emphasis on faith and hope rather than certainty or clear answers.

The Euthyphro dilemma in the context of the Noah movie is well displayed in the film as there are many argue about whether God is an entity that is good, awesome, or just what he creates. In the film, Noah has a flashback to a conversation he had with his grandfather which displays a conversation from Plato’s book The Euthyphro dilemma. In this debate, the question of “Is something good because God wants it?” was brought up and in order for it to be discussed fully and thoroughly they must go back to Platos theory on this topic. In the film, the film supports and displays Plato’s theory of ethical dualism where there is a two-part mind that we humans have. This mind consists of rational and non-rational functions. While in The Cloud Atlas Continuum, this duality is brought up by the character Zane, who has quite an interesting backstory as well as an interesting conversation with his father. This conversation goes into detail on what it means to be human and how we should treat each other so that all can coexist in peace.


BIBLIOGRAPHY l 1033 Aronofsky, D. (Director). (2014). Noah [Motion Picture].

Elkins, G. S. (2018, May). A Trinitarian Response to the Euthyphro Dilemma. In Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy, Vol. 7, pp. 21-27.