Real cases, on the other hand, are more likely to display the sort of moral complexity and untidiness that demand the (non-deductive) weighing and balancing of competing moral considerations and the casuistical
virtues of discernment and practical judgment (phronesis)."
In describing the development of the commission's guidelines, one member notes that although the eleven commissioners had different ethical, religious, and professional orientations, "so long as the Commission stayed on the taxonomic or casuistical
level, they usually agreed in their practical conclusions."
Our view has been that a careful analysis and specification of principles is consistent with a wide variety of types of ethical theory, including virtue theory and some accounts that came to recent prominence after we wrote the book, such as communitarian theories, casuistical
theories, the ethics of care, etc.
Its worst failing may be its enormous reluctance to question the conventional ends and goals of medicine, thereby running a constant risk of simply legitimating, by way of ethical tinkering and casuistical
fussiness, the way things are.
In The Abuse of Casuistry, Jonsen and Toulmin attempt to make this method more explicit, connect it to the historical tradition of casuistical
reasoning in moral theology, and show how it might be fruitfully applied to contemporary moral controversies.
Some know that the truth is being stretched by medical record practitioners, who are defining diagnoses with "casuistical
He switched off the casuistical
wireless, drew the curtains, took ergot and lay in the candour of the dark.
Indeed, one could even argue that this "moral theology," marked by a morality of obligation under the influence of Nominalism and driven by the (low) casuistical
approach of the manuals, is the quintessential artifact created by the "modern" Catholic Church.
This could almost serve as a textbook definition for an early modern casuistical
notion called the doctrine of equivocation.
Starr's Defoe and Casuistry (1971) argues that the importance of the casuistical
tradition in reading Defoe has to do with the way its partitioning of moral experience into discrete "cases" bears significantly upon the author's construction of novelistic perspective: "The continuity of each character's struggle breaks down into a sequence of local crises, each somewhat isolated from those that precede and follow it, and I think we can regard such plotting (or nonplotting) as the expression of a casuistical
conception of life without implying that it is peculiar to casuistry, or that it is Defoe's only mode of analyzing experience" (x).
However, this limited conception is 'casuistical
', merely 'safe-guarding good conscience' to the detriment of a larger context (Bernasconi 2008, p.
According to Chiragh 'Ali, the political and social reforms that he explained in the first and second parts of the book were neither casuistical
deductions, nor fortuitous interpretations, nor analogical constructions of the Qur'an.