casuist


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someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious

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A fourth feature of the casuist model of moral philosophy is a willing acceptance of moral judgments as more or less probable but never axiomatically certain.
Besides making changes in the method of casuistry and the role of the casuist, we are also departing from the content of manualism.
For the casuist, as for the lawyer and the physician, the particular circumstances make the case.
torts or agency) on which to hang her case, so the experienced practical philosopher will know which theory to invoke in any particular context and just as the good lawyer will seek to persuade through the marshalling of all available considerations, the experienced casuist will employ a "rhetorical" rather than a narrowly deductive style of argumentation.
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).
elevation, Stephen conceals with casuist ability, under
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.
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.
Probably not, but being both a lawyer and an Islamist, Hassan Al Turabi excels in the art of the casuist, a discipline the Christians neglected long ago, and readers of Islam, the world's future, will probably fall into the trap, selecting what they like or what they don't in Hassan Al Turabi's manifesto.
If there is a question about outcome, one could use a casuist approach which emphasizes analogical reasoning in comparing the well-navigated moral territory of similar cases and their outcome.
Yet, "hiding within the court" is reclusion only in the eye of the casuist.
Toulmin further recommends an allegedly Aristotelian reinstatement of the sophist and the moral casuist as inquirers with as much a claim on the real as the mathematical physicist; pragmatism and Pyrrhonian skepticism "are the beginning of a wisdom that is better than the dreams of the rationalists" (p.
In a comparable vein, Michael Cordner's chapter on James Sutherland's 1663 comedy The Cheats and its reworking in the figure of the casuist preacher Scruple of Jonson's blunt anti-Puritan satire in his portrait of Zeal of the Land Busy, illuminates Jonson's reception in the Restoration in subtle ways.