Meaning of Amoral


The word amoral is an adjective that can be applied to a person or to a work carried out by someone. When the term refers to an individual, it is presented to him as devoid of moral sense. On the other hand, when it is applied to a work (generally with an artistic profile), it is said that its purpose does not pursue a moral end.

The term is formed with the prefix “A” which means against, and the word “moral”, from this union amoral which means “non-moral” follows and refers to those individuals who act differently than the social group of which they are a part considers correct.

A person is said to be immoral when he goes against the laws that limit acts within what is correct and that he does certain things knowing that they are bad. That is, he thinks or acts differently from what the social group to which he belongs considers as adequate. An amoral conduct is neither morally desirable nor object of censorship, since it is considered from external parameters in relation to morality.

It is important, however, not to confuse between the amoral and the immoral. Immoral action is directly opposed to morality and good customs. That is, it is bad and wrong behavior. An amoral person, on the other hand, lacks morality, so she cannot judge her acts as good, bad, correct or incorrect.

Amorality is usually defended by Taoism, which considers that morality corrupts humanity since it forces man to perform good actions when he has not been prepared for that purpose and prohibits him from performing evil acts even when he requires experimenting to understand the repercussion reached by each one of his acts.

For this reason, for Taoists, morality violates the nature of the human being and is born out of mistrust and fear of neighbor. According to this philosophical conception, humanity should not be subject to laws that govern or condition its behavior.

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At this point it is necessary to establish the differences between ethics and morals. Ethics, as defined by Aristotle (despite being an older concept), is related to the way of being and character. It refers to the set of customs, character and disposition of man in life. That is, the way of life in the deepest sense of the word. While the concept of morality is linked to the relationship that exists between customs and norms. That is, the way in which people act according to the rules that govern that society.

The use of the term moral as a noun (written in lowercase) refers to a set of precepts and prohibitions that make up the collective human system at a certain time. Morality reflects a specific lifestyle. When used as a noun (lowercase), it refers to someone’s personal code of conduct. The moral code is the number of acts that govern the life of a person. It contains his convictions and guidelines of conduct and is what allows him to make moral judgments around his actions and those of others. It can also be used as a noun but with a capital letter to refer to the science that studies human actions in terms of goodness and malice.

There is an expression that is: “to have very high morale” or “to be high in morale” where the term refers to the mood, it refers to the fact that a person has the strength or courage to do a certain thing. At this point we can say that morality is not only a knowledge or a duty but also involves an attitude towards circumstances.

When we refer to the moral as a neutral gender, we are talking about an inherent facet of human life that consists of decision-making and the need to structure our actions.

A moral act is the action carried out by a person when evaluated from moral criteria. To give an example, attending a gathering of friends is not an act that can be considered bad, however if the person who participates in it must be working instead of being there, it is considered a morally bad act.

Nicolás Machiavelli, according to the ideas he has expressed, has become a synonym for amoral, because his policies attempt against moral criteria, that is, the set of beliefs and mandates that are considered correct.