La ética calicleana

Translated title of the contribution: Caliclean ethics

Javier Echeñique Sosa

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The purpose of this article is to offer a reconstruction of the moral theory defended by Callicles in Plato's Gorgias, aided by other contemporary texts that contribute to explain and refine such a theory. The first step of this reconstruction is to show that Callicles offers a perspectivist theory of moral judgements, according to which moral judgements can be issued from two radically distinct perspectives, the contractual and the natural one. The second step is to show that Callicles makes use of a peculiar conception of nature that allows him to claim that certain natural rights and privileges stemming from the natural perspective of valuation must override those rights stemming from the contractual perspective. The resulting theory, as well as being worthy of philosophical interest, does not appear to be vulnerable to most of the objections advanced by the dominant interpretations, nor does it entail the implausible sort of hedonism that Plato attributes to Callicles in this dialogue.

Translated title of the contributionCaliclean ethics
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)11-28
Number of pages18
JournalAnales del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofia
Issue number1
StatePublished - 22 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


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