casuistical


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ca·su·is·tic

 (kăzh′o͞o-ĭs′tĭk) also ca·su·is·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
adj.
Of or relating to casuists or casuistry.

ca′su·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.casuistical - of or relating to or practicing casuistry; "overly subtle casuistic reasoning"
2.casuistical - of or relating to the use of ethical principles to resolve moral problems
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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).
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.
Given Tolstois casuistical bent, the details of every situation probably determine the right course.
14) Rather than reforming a casuistical legalism operating
This is the environment that gave rise to the casuistical exercises most probably compiled by Fr Thomas Southwell, an English Jesuit priest, and now edited and translated by Peter Holmes.
In essence, Defensio fidei was a casuistical defense of revolution and civil disobedience; it authorized the use of violent force, under certain circumstances, to resist and even overthrow a king.
Eloise is seduced by the casuistical Nempere, rescued by another libertine, and finally ends up marrying Fitzeustace, a Peacockian parody of the typical Shelleyan Poet.
Alternatively, he identifies the transformation that conscience has undergone from the Tudor era when casuistical moral reasoning allowed a differentiated and atomistic conscience, to a formalist time, in which an objective conscience of either judge, court or law was engaged to curb moral relativism.
This is due in large part, Ettenhuber contends, to the casuistical nature of Biathanatos.
Unlike Graham Greene in adulterous mode, he proffered no moonbeams from the larger casuistical lunacy.
Indeed, it may be suggested that the growth of casuistical divinity in the early seventeenth century arose not only in response to parishioners' anxiety, but at least in part because of new anti-Calvinist arguments that certain assurance could not be secured.