Callicles tries to elevate his own moral views to a privileged position by claiming that they have the backing of nature. He believes that without such backing moral views reduce to mere conventions (482). He thinks that only through having a basis in nature can moral ideas have a genuine moral force. Otherwise they are devoid of any real moral content. People accept them because they have been made to accept them, because these ideas have been drummed into them since their childhood, or out of sheer servile imitation (483–4).
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