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Amoralism is the complete absence of moral beliefs, and/or the unequivocal belief that the theory of morality is immaterial.

Though often associated with immoralism, the two are fundamentally different. Immoralism is a system that does not accept moral principles and directly opposes morality, while amoralism does not even consider the existence of morality plausible.


Glover has cited realist views of amoralism held by early Atheniansmarker, and in some ethical positions affirmed by Joseph Stalin.

Meta ethics

Amoralism is generally regarded as a manifestation of moral nihilism, an aspect of moral skepticism, and sometimes even a form of moral realism.

Amorality is distinct from immorality. One who is amoral does not recognize the existence of morality, whereas one who is immoral knows the existence of morality but chooses not to comply with it.

To be amoral is unique in the regard that it has basically no active belief. Unlike a moral or immoral person who would believe to have an general understanding of what is "right" or "wrong", the amoral person does not have an idea of what is right or wrong whatsoever, but more a less of what would be "fun" or "scary".

Nonhuman appearances

Some corporations are known to exhibit amoralist qualities. Besides higher primate, the vast majority of life forms have amoral tendencies.


Christianity, Judaism and Islam fervently disapprove of amoralism. Some different sects of Judaism and Christianity share perspective with the values of Amoralism.

See also


  1. Webster, American Dictionary of the English Language
  2. Michael Newman, Morals in Theory pg. 123

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