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someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious

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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).
They invert the order of authority that the high casuists and early manualists use, acknowledging the authority of the papacy and of Roman dicasteries before and, in fact, sometimes without considering the authority of the argument itself.
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.
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
Joseph Hospital, these people were facing a tragic moral situation and one that's haunted Catholic casuists for decades.
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.
That would be as stupid as going to the Casuists for it.
The Casuists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries have left us a shameful monument to the bestial refinement of all vices, the depravation of imagination, the private hardships of the family and the ruin of morals that run through those deplorable societies.
Casuists, represented most prominently by Albert Jonson and Stephen Toulmin, (2) suggested that ethical decision making was best done by attempting to relate particular ethical dilemmas and situations to paradigm cases (the name "casuistry" refers to "cases") and then adapting the paradigm case to the particular case as a way of making an ethical decision.
argue that Shakespeare is intent upon uniformly representing Vincentio, Isabella, Angelo, even Escalus, as casuists in the pejorative sense.