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Repugnance, repugnant

disgust - dirt - offensive - repulsive


Arousing disgust or aversion; offensive or repulsive: morally repugnant behavior. --AHD

Wisdom of repugnance

The wisdom of repugnance expresses the belief or concept that an intuitive (or "deep-seated") negative response to some thing, idea or practice should be interpreted as evidence for the intrinsically harmful or evil character of that thing. Furthermore, it refers to the notion that wisdom may manifest itself in feelings of disgust towards anything which lacks "goodness" or wisdom, though these feelings may not be immediately explicable through reason. The controversial concept has been characterised as a "disgust-based morality" and is regarded by many as pseudoscientific and an example of the naturalistic fallacy. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom_of_repugnance [May 2006]

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