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Encyclopedia > Amorality
See also Morality and Ethics.
For other uses, see Egoism (disambiguation).
This article is about the term associated with ethics. For the death metal band, see Amoral (band).

Amorality is the quality of believing that moral right and wrong (or good and evil) do not exist in objective reality. 'Amorality' or 'amoralism' may also refer to believing that the concepts of moral right and wrong do not have meaning, or lacking a belief in the absolute existence of any moral laws. It does not require the belief that right and wrong in the sense of truth and falsehood do not exist. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... -1... For other uses, see Ethics (disambiguation). ... Egoism may refer to any of the following: psychological egoism - the doctrine that holds that individuals are always motivated by self-interest ethical egoism - the ethical doctrine that holds that individuals ought to do what is in their self-interest rational egoism - the belief that it is rational to act... Death metal is a subgenre of heavy metal. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Amoral is a death metal band from Helsinki, Finland. ...

"Amorality" is different from "immorality" although they are often confused. An amoral person denies the existence of morality, as opposed to an immoral person who violates a certain moral code, but may still believe in the underlying truth of that moral code. Amoral persons either do not possess ethical notions at all as a result of an unusual upbringing or inborn traits (see Antisocial personality disorder) or else do not subscribe to any moral code. This latter may in turn mean strong individualistic leanings that do not get codified into a universally applicable system. Someone may maintain that he will do as he likes and let others do the same, if they so desire, without turning this into a general principle as, for example, Kant's categorical imperative would require. Because whoever says so only expresses his personal preference or informs about the way he is going to act, the position is consistent. An amoralist might also make a stronger point that moral systems are arbitrary and unfounded on the whole, which is an epistemic or anthropological claim and not an ethical one. For this principled sort of amoralist, see Stirner and to a degree Marquis de Sade. Antisocial personality disorder (abbreviated APD or ASPD) is a psychiatric diagnosis in the DSM-IV-TR recognizable by the disordered individuals disregard for social rules and norms, impulsive behavior, and indifference to the rights and feelings of others. ... The categorical imperative is the central philosophical concept of the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and of modern deontological ethics. ... Johann Kaspar Schmidt (October 25, 1806 - June 26, 1856), better known as Max Stirner (the nom de plume he adopted from a schoolyard nickname he had acquired as a child because of his high brow [Stirn]), German philosopher, who ranks as one of the literary grandfathers of nihilism, existentialism and... Portrait of the Marquis de Sade by Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo (c. ...

"Immoral" refers to a person or behavior that is self-consciously within the scope of morality but does not abide by its edicts. A thief will not deny that stealing is immoral, but would perhaps attempt to deflect the blame or offer excuses in order to justify his actions, either to other or to himself. A more sinister kind of immoral individual might even derive pleasure from "breaking the rules". An amoral individual, on the other hand, would see the entire issue as moot; an excuse would only need to be offered if it resulted in the danger of punishment being averted. Essentially, immoral individuals believe that certain things are wrong, but disregard this information, possibly resulting in feelings of guilt. An amoral person believes that the concepts of right and wrong are subjective, and determined entirely by personal preference. Thus, guilt is meaningless in an objective sense. In common use "amoral" and "immoral" are often used interchangeably, although the meaning of the terms is significantly different.

–Adjective 1. not involving questions of right or wrong; without moral quality; neither moral nor immoral. 2. having no moral standards, restraints, or principles; unaware of or indifferent to questions of right or wrong: a completely amoral person.

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