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someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious

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In order to reason well casuistically, one must compare and contrast historical decisions and judgments with novel situations.
Casuistically, it is the starting point for a set of questions Ignatieff advocates asking of each proposed coercive counterterror measure.
Unless, casuistically, Evans excluded Derby from the category of "Republican leaders" because he was not "prominent" or excluded her visit with Derby because she went to call on him, rather than vice versa, it is difficult not to read this statement as a lie designed to preserve her reputation as a Confederate loyalist and to elicit Curry's sympathy for her sacrifices on behalf of the Lost Cause.
374), Warwick reasons casuistically to the countess that "Honour is often lost and got again" (2.
After casuistically criticizing the definitions of "nation" and "ethnicity" that he knew, Weber pointed out which of these definitions (despite all their various deficiencies) seemed to him most appropriate (pending the creation of a more precise sociological nomenclature):
When Narciso sees her and starts running away yet again, she rationalizes casuistically in her monologue that deception is permissible if it helps her win his love "even just once.
He continues, casuistically explicating the apparently superfluous "to the world," and explaining the relationship of redemption to repeating a saying in the name of the one who said it, concluding that doing so causes
Part 2--"Reading England in 1819" demonstrates how Romantic writers use the historicist approach as they inquire casuistically into causes, through six chapters of cases (or case histories) that feature Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron, John Keats, a group of writers who present American culture to British readers (namely Washington Irving, Henry Fearon, Morris Birkbeck, and William Cobbett), and Percy Bysshe Shelley, whose crucial sonnet on "England in 1819" prompts Chandler's investigation into the spirit of that age.
Much of our discourse also moved casuistically, as we looked for settled cases that could provide helpful analogies.
In these and other scenes in which the lady both acknowledges and casuistically evades the authority of her uncle, Cavendish seems to be suggesting that conscientious consent is required for a contract or any other "law" (including the moral law) to be binding.
If art once obscured the difference between art and life - Cage casuistically, Cage wisely - argues, then let life obscure now the difference between life and art.