premoral

premoral

(priːˈmɒrəl)
adj
(Psychology) relating to the stage of development before one acquires moral responsibility
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The roots of compassion as a premoral unpredictable and disruptive experience that opens up and connects human beings is to be avoided for its uncontrollable and irrational nature.
Here I will simply raise a question that pertains to premoral, pretheoretical common sense, and to the social imaginary as an interpretation of the world: Does economic mediation of a society's relationship to the cosmos and physical nature impact religious convictions about creation and the Creator?
By this Wojtyia's means that action has a premoral but intrinsic value because it is performed by a person in accordance with the properties of transcendence and integration that shape the structure of that action.
Asi, articula tres fases claramente definidas en el desarrollo moral humano: una primera fase premoral, donde los valores morales residen en sucesos externos, cuasi-fisicos, mas que en personas; una segunda etapa convencional, en la que los valores morales residen en realizar buenos o malo roles en relacion con las expectativas de los demas; y, finalmente, una tercera fase de principios morales personalmente aceptados, donde los valores residen en la conformidad del yo con normas, derechos y deberes compartidos con los demas.
What the so-called proportionalists have in common "is the insistence that causing certain disvalues (nonmoral, premoral evils) in our conduct does not by that very fact make the action morally wrong, as certain traditional formulations supposed.
The thorough contractarian procedure would take us back to a premoral "state of nature" in which the rules being considered for adoption are not yet in place.
22) As is expressed in the latter quotation, the choice to live is a premoral, pre-rational choice.
Lear's excesses, and his power to enact them, bring Lear closer to its premoral fairy-tale origins, where wish and fear become reality.
In his account, all the would-be rescuers, faced with a crisis, are thrown back on a premoral instinct--or more precisely, a clash of instincts, between "cooperation," which Joe describes as "the basis of our earliest hunting successes, the force behind our evolving capacity for language" (15), and "selfishness," which "is also written on our hearts" (15) and which constitutes the most fundamental of Darwinian motives, survival.
Acts are morally wrong if they do not promise "a greater premoral good or lesser premoral evil than some alternative" (78).
Here, the nudity, associates an apparent lack of modesty and natural inhibitions with primitive amorality and, by doing so, implicitly excuses the camera's presence in such an intimate setting (since the primitive is Edenic and premoral it is outside cinematic codes of modesty).
2) If, as Locke and Kant held, children are prerational and premoral, like animals or machines, then their views can hardly be informed or trustworthy, and their responses would be either mindless compliance or irrational resistance.