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casuistry


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Casuistry  \Cas"u*ist*ry\,  a. 
  1.  The  science  or  doctrine  of  dealing  with  cases  of 
  conscience,  of  resolving  questions  of  right  or  wrong  in 
  conduct,  or  determining  the  lawfulness  or  unlawfulness  of 
  what  a  man  may  do  by  rules  and  principles  drawn  from  the 
  Scriptures,  from  the  laws  of  society  or  the  church,  or 
  from  equity  and  natural  reason;  the  application  of  general 
  moral  rules  to  particular  cases. 
 
  The  consideration  of  these  nice  and  puzzling 
  question  in  the  science  of  ethics  has  given  rise,  in 
  modern  times,  to  a  particular  department  of  it 
  distinguished  by  the  title  of  casuistry.  --Stewart. 
 
  Casuistry  in  the  science  of  cases  (i.e.,  oblique 
  deflections  from  the  general  rule).  --De  Quincey. 
 
  2.  Sophistical,  equivocal,  or  false  reasoning  or  teaching  in 
  regard  to  duties,  obligations,  and  morals. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  casuistry 
  n  1:  argumentation  that  is  specious  or  excessively  subtle  and 
  intended  to  be  misleading 
  2:  moral  philosophy  based  on  the  application  of  general  ethical 
  principles  to  resolve  moral  dilemmas 




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