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someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious


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Almost 100% of the authorities cited in the text are Spanish or Portuguese theologians and casuists, including Doctor Navarro [Martin de Azpilcueta, 1491-1586] (Treatise 20); Francisco Suarez [1548-1617] (Treatise 28); Bartolome de Medina [1527-1580] (Treatise 28); Domingo de Soto [1494-1560] (Treatise 31); enrique Henriquez [1536-1608] (Treatise 43); Gregory of valencia [ca.
One of Babbitt's fundamental ideas was that both romanticism and neoclassicism failed to an equal degree in their aspiration to become "humane," Babbitt (1910: 22) harshly calling the neoclassics "Jesuitical casuists"--among other things because they denied the rights of imagination.
These and other sanctions dissuaded moralists from entertaining any of the circumstantial exceptions as earlier casuists had.
Yet, in the same email, she maintained that the formulation of the press release "correctly identifies imports as a subtraction in the calculation of GDP without saying it 'contributes' to GDP in any way." BEA bureaucrats would have made good medieval casuists.
(24) Gibbon, Miscellaneous Works, 4:106, writes of Brutus's giving information to Caesar about Pompey's flight to Egypt: "Some casuists, Spaniards and others, have attempted to justify this conduct."
Exploring further the confusion made by some writers between the Qur'an, which Chiragh 'Ali calls the 'Mohammadan Revealed Law', and Fiqh or Shari'a, what he refers to as the 'Mohammadan Common' or 'Civil Law', for him the 'Mohammadan Law' books, the fundamental codes of Islam, took very little or nothing from the Qur'an, and all the 'Mohammadan' jurists, casuists, muftis, and mujtahids, had by a tacit consent removed the law points from the text of the sacred book to the jurisdiction of the canon or civil law, whereas Muslims relied principally on the later lego-religious books instead of the Qur'an.
And this Consideration salves that common mistake, that some Casuists have taken up (g) even upon this very Consideration, /fol.
Buell points out that the sale of the timber rights in section 5 of "The Bear" reflects Faulkner's awareness "of how those who genuinely value wilderness can become, without fully reasoning through the implications of their acts, coconspirators with those who value it only as a cash crop--and how sometimes, as with Ike McCaslin, they can become such even when they are scrupulous casuists and self-examiners" (189).
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.
To illustrate this foolish aspiration, he points to the books of casuistry that sought to aid confessors in the church, noting that the casuists attempted to provide a grammar for all human conduct.
[...] The rigid sentence of Omar is repugnant to the sound and orthodox precept of the Mahometan casuists they expressly declare, that the religious books of the Jews and Christians, which are acquired by the right of war, should never be committed to the flames; and that the works of profane science, historians or poets, physicians or philosophers, may be lawfully applied to the use of the faithful" (9: 440-41).
As noted above, the father spurns the doctrine of predestination, terming it "a paltry way / Of fooling God some casuists hit upon" and a form of blasphemy that "makes of God / An impotent spectator!" (p.
Joseph Hospital, these people were facing a tragic moral situation and one that's haunted Catholic casuists for decades.
His approval also served Francis's own "ambition." As for Francis's moral character, the author comments, "Romish casuists say that [Francis's sale of his father's goods] was justified by the simplicity of his heart.
(4) Miller's principal examples come from George Eliot, who wrote in The Mill on the Floss, published in 1860, only two years before No Name: "The casuists have become a by-word of reproach; but their perverted spirit of minute discrimination was the shadow of a truth to which eyes and hearts are too often fatally sealed: the truth, that moral judgments must remain false and hollow, unless they are checked and enlightened by a perpetual reference to the special circumstances that mark the individual lot" (517).