Here we see the beginning development of the idea of Natural Law.
• Protagoras’ view of the gods:
“With regards to the gods, I cannot feel sure either that they are or that they are not, nor what they are like in figure; for there are many things that hinder sure knowledge, the obscurity of the subject and the shortness of human life.”
“Just as the moral to be drawn from the relativity of particular codes of law is that the individual should submit himself to the traditional education, so the moral to be drawn from our uncertainty concerning the gods and their nature is that we should abide by the religion of the city. If we cannot be certain of absolute truth, why throw overboard the religion that we inherit from our fathers?”
~ Frederick Copleston (History of Philosophy)
• Thus the relativistic philosophy of Protagoras at first may appear revolutionary, it is in fact, supportive of tradition and authority.
Philosophy: Protagoras3KD McMahon