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Callicles (Greek: Καλλικλης) is a character in Plato’s dialogue Gorgias. He is an Athenian citizen, who is a student of the sophist Gorgias. In the dialogue, he argues that it is natural and just for the strong to dominate the weak and that it is unjust for the weak to resist such oppression by establishing laws to limit the power of the strong (483b - 484c).

Callicles argued that the institutions and moral code of his time were not established by gods but by men who were looking after their own interests.

Literature

  • Plato, Gorgias.


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