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casuistry
WordNet 2.0
  • moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas
  • argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading
casuistry
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

 

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