casuist


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someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious

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Let one imagine to himself this general emulation between confessors, directors, and consulting casuists, to justify every body, and to find continually some adroit means to go farther in indulgence, and to make some new case innocent which had before been deemed culpable.
68) Responding to this variety, the casuist attended not only to the general rule, that, for example, 'thou shalt not kill' but also to the extenuating circumstances that might affect a particular case of homicide.
The comment that is difficult to be "Guiltless" when "Love and Honour fight within" is followed in the next stanza by another reference to the struggle between the two values: "When you great Pair shall disagree / What casuist can the Umpire be" (57-58).
He is not much critical of the casuist analysis that distinguishes between killing by soldiers and kilting by civilians.
Bulstrode, the antinomian so self-satisfied he can shrug off Providence, figuring "it is only what we are vividly conscious of that we can vividly imagine to be seen by Omniscience," is more casuist than ethicist, and Rosamond's better liking of the off-pitch stranger hardly counts as an attempt at harmonizing with somebody else's equivalent self (646).
He reads dueling codes and anti-dueling tracts with the eye of an ethical casuist, that is, in the same way as the men who consulted them as guides to action.
Pound associated it with the hegemonic, casuist rhetorical practice of Liberal England, even though Arthur Symons had outlined it in 1899 as "an attempt to spiritualise literature, to evade the old bondage of rhetoric, the old bondage of exteriority" (9).
The argument of the casuist is only persuasive to suggest that testing Camila might not be a good idea; it does nothing to determine or demonstrate whether or not Camila is virtuous.
32) What enables the functioning of conscience's power, in other words, is not merely the individual's conscious visibility to God but also, as the casuist William Ames indicates, a cultivated sense of God's authority, dreadful power, and overwhelming benevolence.
And, despite the latter's claims, a good casuist is not necessarily morally bankrupt (Strong 327).
In fact, Richard Posner, when describing the antithesis of the pragmatist, includes "the logician, the casuist .
Ethical reasoning, for the casuist, begins by focusing on a grouping of cases around a paradigm of a principle or rule.
In an earlier period, Fish would have been seen as a consummate casuist who in the end detests the idea of transcendence in any form at the very point that it goes beyond socio- and empirico-critical contexts.
Gallagher speaks of the casuist crisis but hopes for a recuperation through contact with Aquinas.
In a similar vein, the seventeenth-century Protestant casuist William Ames observes that the operation of conscience is tripartite, or syllogistic: "That which doth dictate or giue the proposition is called Synteresis, by the Schoolmen Synderesis.