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someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious

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Such flabby contemporary thought now hails him for having been social or progressive, casuistically combining capitalism and socialism and defending liberty until it needs to be attacked.
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.
Reluctantly undertaking his abhorrent duty, a "graceless errand" (2.1.374), Warwick reasons casuistically to the countess that "Honour is often lost and got again" (2.1.389), that life at any price is better than death, and that "The king's great name will temper [her] misdeeds" (2.1.405); she gamely refutes her father by preferring death to becoming "an actor in [the king's] graceless lust" (2.1.430), thus causing him to concede that "An honourable grave is more esteemed / Than the polluted closet of a king" (2.1.433-34) and evoking the proverb (repeated verbatim from Shakespeare's sonnet 94), "Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds" (2.1.452).
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." Following the example of her unsuccessful suitors Febo and Silvio, she pretends not to take much notice of Narciso and thus awakens his curiosity:
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.(49) And that consent is figured as love.