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the rejection of morality


(ɪˈmɔr əˌlɪz əm, ɪˈmɒr-)

indifference toward conventional morality.
im•mor′al•ist, n.
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His reasons, however, for choosing Zarathustra of all others to be his mouthpiece, he gives us in the following words:-- "People have never asked me, as they should have done, what the name Zarathustra precisely means in my mouth, in the mouth of the first Immoralist; for what distinguishes that philosopher from all others in the past is the very fact that he was exactly the reverse of an immoralist.
Those who like may peep down under waves that are pretty transparent and see it writhing and twirling, diabolically hideous and slimy, flapping amongst bones, or curling round corpses; but above the waterline, I ask, has not everything been proper, agreeable, and decorous, and has any the most squeamish immoralist in Vanity Fair a right to cry fie?
However, it is significant that they are not freed from all personal responsibility, but are held accountable for the moral consequences that ensue: they may not be sexual sinners, but they are undeniably immoralists.
you follow in the footsteps of the new immoralists who twist their words until they themselves do not hear them; who christen a flood of words a product of genius because it is devoid of ideas or contains only distorted ideas.
I am not persuaded by these doubts for precisely the reason offered by Cahn: in cases of truly successful immoralists, such as the perfectly unjust man described in Plato's Republic, what bothers us most is the injustice of their happiness.
In the novella, all the controversial characters including Yvette and her mother are immoralists in that they purse a different life and value system out of conventional everyday life: "Their mother, of course, had belonged to a higher, if more dangerous and 'immoral' world" (28).
The oratorio opens with a crowd of skeptics, cynics, immoralists, and journalists on a ladder pointing to the heaven they are striving to reach.
For immoralists such as Thrasymachus, Mozart's Don Giovanni, and--to take a more recent example--Enron's former CEO Jeffrey Skilling, leading vicious lives cannot but produce the lack of mental tranquility so cherished by Socratics, skeptics, and Stoics.
The Church has at all times desired the destruction of its enemies: we immoralists and anti-Christians, see that it is to our advantage that the Church exist.
These tweedy immoralists urge us to relax our square-john commitment to the rule of law and embrace strong executive action.
He declares, just prior to the above citation from Twilight of the Idols: "[W]e immoralists and anti-Christians, see that it is to our advantage that the Church exists .
There had of course been earlier representations of individuals who denied their social or religious obligations, immoralists and nihilists like Edmund in Shakespeare's King Lear or like Marlowe's Dr.