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Amorality

Amorality denotes independence from, or indifference toward, morality. If something is autonomous of morality, then moral norms of good/bad, right/wrong, and virtue/vice are not relevant to it. It is a category error to make moral judgments about an amoral thing, for, since it is outside the scope of morality, it is neither moral nor immoral. In this sense, amoral is synonymous with nonmoral. For example, some claim that corporate entities are amoral, and so moral judgments about them—in contrast to moral judgments about individuals working within them—are inappropriate. In its second sense, amorality is characteristic of those lacking any concern for morality. Moral factors simply do not enter into an amoral person’s thinking about his or her conduct or character. Infants and psychopaths are amoral, ...

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