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What does the word 'IMMORAL' mean?

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"Immoral" is conduct counter to morality or conduct that is morally incorrect. This as opposed to "amoral" which is a lack of regard or concern for morality.

"Morality" is a code of conduct. There's a lot more to it than it's definition.

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Absolutely nothing. Morality is a social construct which has no basis in objective reality. Immorality cannot be defined because morality itself is inherently subjective. In other words, what is immoral is relative to the moral system you use, therefor anything and nothing can be called immoral.

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Amarel(5564) Disputed
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Morality is a social construct which has no basis in objective reality.

Incorrect. Morality is socially constructed, but it also derives is basis in objective reality. Morality is our code of conduct which has replaced instinct. Moral reasoning is evolved and requires substantial brain space. Just as any evolved human trait, morality exists because it helps us survive/thrive. Just as some eyes are worse at vision than other eyes, some moral constructs are worse at their function than some others. Some language is objectively less effective at communication. In other words, some conduct is objectively morally correct, and some is not.

You seem to cast aside quite a bit on the premise that it is a social construct. Language is a social construct. Society and civilization are social constructs. Reason, intelligence, and knowledge are socially constructed as is morality. We are social animals and interact to create much that is real about our existence. The fact that things are emergent from interaction does not make them less real.

Immorality cannot be defined because morality itself is inherently subjective.

Everything you experience is, in part, inherently subjective. Almost all of them are definable. Everything that objectively exists is necessarily filtered through subjectivity if we are to know of it at all. It is not reasonable to conclude that our subjective experience eliminates the objective qualities of a thing.

Stating that something is subjective, or is a social construct, is only the beginning of the story, not the end.

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ArchonElite(336) Disputed
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but it also derives is basis in objective reality.

In a way it does because it exists as a concept and relates to things that exist but it is still not real in the sense that nothing is actually moral or immoral and can only be perceived as such.

Moral reasoning is evolved

The capacity for moral reasoning has evolved, but morality itself is not encoded into our DNA. It is not a trait that has evolved and been passed on through genes like you seem to think, it is something we are capable of which is learned from our environment.

some moral constructs are worse at their function than some others.

Their function, as in their purpose, as in that thing people attribute to things even though nothing has an objective purpose.

Language is a social construct. Society and civilization are social constructs.

They are useful social constructs, and everyone knows they are. Morality is just ethic's retarded cousin that objects to things arbitrarily and claims to be objective.

Reason, intelligence, and knowledge are socially constructed as is morality.

That is absolutely retarded. Reason and intelligence pertain directly to one's ability to discern reality, knowledge is the understanding of things that exist in reality. They are inseparably rooted in reality, they are not the same as every superstitious notion that the human brain vomits up just because they exist in the brain.

We are social animals and interact to create much that is real about our existence.

Having an effect on the physical world is not the same thing as concocting some fiction in your mind and believing it is real in any form other than a concept floating around in your primitive, retarded brain.

Everything you experience is, in part, inherently subjective.

Morality is not something outside of ourselves which objectively exists but is viewed through a subjective lens, it is something we literally fucking made up. God, you are such a moron.

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If something is immoral, that means it is morally wrong..................................................................................................................

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