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.
Moral nihilism or the notion "that nothing is morally good, bad, wrong, right, etc " is another of countless issues.
Associating the simple act of loving prayer with colonialism and crusade isn't social justice; it's moral nihilism.
Down the road of godless moral nihilism lies madness.
Victorian critics were so antagonistic to the moral nihilism of the latter that Thomas Hardy decided to abandon novel writing altogether when he saw the response.
It's not moral nihilism (6) that is the immediate threat to human existence.
The book culminates in fine treatments of the efforts by Alexis de Tocqueville, Abraham Lincoln, and John Stuart Mill to temper unfettered majoritarianism and moral nihilism with depth, elevation, and self-restraint.
I blame people who have allowed cricket to become snared in a kind of moral nihilism.
What I have tried to argue is not that moral realism can be defended, but that Plato believed--and I agree with him--that only some version of the transcendental moral realism he developed over time offers any possibility of an honest defense against moral nihilism, whether explicit or logically implicit, whether that of Athens in the fourth century B.
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.
When considered against the backdrop of our limited knowledge and the potentially immense consequences of our actions, it can lead to the view that no one ever does the right thing, and this in turn can lead to moral nihilism, or even metaphysical nihilism.
If moral nihilism is true, according to Smith, then our lives are meaningless.