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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In sociology, prior to the existence of morality or a moral code in society.

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  • Thus the fateful clash between settlers from the culture of Aristotle, St. Paul, Da Vinci, Luther, and Newton and aboriginal horsemen from the buffalo plains happened as though in a time warp—as though the former were looking backward thousands of years at premoral, pre-Christian, low-barbarian versions of themselves.

    EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON

  • The social order, in his view, will correct the premoral contingencies of the natural order, in which pestilence, famine, and war are distributed senselessly, as are opportunities for excellence.

    A Special Supplement: A New Philosophy of the Just Society

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