ethical nihilism

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ethical nihilism

the belief that there are no bases for establishing a moral or ethical philosophy. Cf. nihilism.
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But there was also about him an indescribable air which no mechanic could have acquired in the practice of his handicraft however dishonestly exercised: the air common to men who live on the vices, the follies, or the baser fears of mankind; the air of moral nihilism common to keepers of gambling hells and disorderly houses; to private detectives and inquiry agents; to drink sellers and, I should say, to the sellers of invigorating electric belts and to the inventors of patent medicines.
I blame people who have allowed cricket to become snared in a kind of moral nihilism.
Killer Joe (18) A trailer trash family's plan to hire hitman cop Matthew McConaughey to kill the husband's ex for the insurance, pimping young daughter Juno Temple as downpayment, goes dramatically wrong in William Friedkin's sleazy, graphic but compellingly intense noir tale of moral nihilism and double crosses.
If moral nihilism is true, according to Smith, then our lives are meaningless.
In sections on beliefs diversified, religion theorized, and the local and the global, they consider such topics as Buddhist compassion and the moral nihilism, an Islamic perspective on the very idea of religion, Nietzsche and religion, a critique of religion from the enlightenment perspective, the Garos in Bangladesh as an example of tribal religion, and one view of Tibetan tantric initiation.
This ontological ethical skepticism, however, does not lead him to adopt moral nihilism, since he accepts moral truth (79).
While religion may have faced the crises and challenges of globalization, it has simultaneously been itself in a state of crisis, which she suggests amounts to a choice between religious values and moral nihilism.
Fortunately, many more of us rightly set our faces against this kind of moral nihilism with respect to war.
Beneath all professions of moral principle lay an unplumbed emptiness, an abyss of moral nihilism into which the Nazis and the Allies had all been swept.
The field manual on Army leadership indicates an implicit rejection of moral nihilism in its exhortation to Army leaders:
33) There is, ultimately, no firmer ground for giving up moral nihilism (or any other view I have to give up in order to continue what I find a decent human life).
Voldemort's vulgar Nietzscheanism is a familiar moral nihilism that can never be entirely vanquished.