Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: The Long Goodbye

Date: 23 Feb 2007

Kerry asked: What is the opposite of moral; immoral or amoral?
************ miker aswered: Immoral.

I'll add:

Immoral may be the opposite in the sense of countering accepted morality. But I've always thought that self-conscious rebellion, often point by point, still reifies the thing being rejected. However, amoral is the opposite in the sense of a wholesale rejection of the jurisdiction, maybe even existence, of morality. Immorality accepts the rules, but break them; amorality does not accept that there are rules to be broken. So immorality is the semantic opposite, whereas amorality is the existential opposite.


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