casuistry


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ca·su·ist·ry

 (kăzh′o͞o-ĭ-strē)
n. pl. ca·su·ist·ries
1. Specious or excessively subtle reasoning intended to rationalize or mislead.
2. The determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by analyzing cases that illustrate general ethical rules.

[From casuist.]
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casuistry

(ˈkæzjʊɪstrɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Philosophy) philosophy the resolution of particular moral dilemmas, esp those arising from conflicting general moral rules, by careful distinction of the cases to which these rules apply
2. reasoning that is specious, misleading, or oversubtle
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cas•u•ist•ry

(ˈkæʒ u ə stri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. oversubtle, fallacious, or dishonest reasoning; sophistry.
2. the application of general ethical principles to particular cases of conscience or conduct.
[1715–25]
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casuistry

1. the branch of ethics or theology that studies the relation of general ethical principles to particular cases of conduct or conscience.
2. a dishonest or oversubtle application of such principles.
See also: Ethics
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.casuistry - argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading
line of reasoning, logical argument, argumentation, argument, line - a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning; "I can't follow your line of reasoning"
2.casuistry - moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas
moral philosophy, ethics - the philosophical study of moral values and rules
probabilism - a Roman Catholic system of casuistry that when expert opinions differ an actor can follow any solidly probable opinion that he wishes even though some different opinion might be more probable
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casuistry

noun sophistry, chicanery, equivocation, speciousness, sophism Every system of moral rules, laws, and principles gives rise to casuistry.
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casuistry

noun
Plausible but invalid reasoning:
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Translations

casuistry

[ˈkæzjʊɪstrɪ] N (frm) → casuística f (pej) → sofismas mpl, razonamiento m falaz
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casuistry

[ˈkæzjuɪstri] n (formal)casuistique f
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casuistry

nKasuistik f
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References in classic literature ?
'A rhetorician would have had much to say upon that point.' It may be observed however that Plato never intended to answer the question of casuistry, but only to exhibit the ideal of patient virtue which refuses to do the least evil in order to avoid the greatest, and to show his master maintaining in death the opinions which he had professed in his life.
Was it simply that Elizabeth was one of that rare few who can touch pitch and not be defiled?--or was it, I have sometimes wondered, an unconscious and after all a sound casuistry that had saved Elizabeth's soul, an instinctive philosophy that taught her, so to say, to lay a Sigurd's sword between her soul and body, and to argue that nothing can defile the body without the consent of the soul.
Containing the great address of the landlady, the great learning of a surgeon, and the solid skill in casuistry of the worthy lieutenant.
And the paradoxes in which Raffles revelled, and the frivolous casuistry which was nevertheless half sincere, and which his mere personality rendered wholly plausible at the moment of utterance, appealed very little to me when recalled in cold blood.
Meanwhile it would seem, as regards the moral question, that his analysis was complete; his casuistry had become keen as a razor, and he could not find rational objections in himself.
Her casuistry was interrupted by some one softly whistling a theme from the overture to Masaniello, popular at the college in the form of an arrangement for six pianofortes and twelve hands.
Brown demonstrates that Donne employed an explicitly Protestant form of casuistry wherein the individual was responsible for making moral choices, based on conscience, reasons, and scripture.
Though his narrator has a style more characteristic of the casuistry of an Orwellian bureaucrat than what we might expect of the photographer he is supposed to be, it succeeds well in linking these repressive regimes, which, despite their great differences, still all too often differed more merely in the principles on which they committed their atrocities than in many of their actual practices.
Brown suggests that in his prose and poetry Donne defends his exceptional propositions by adopting the relativity of casuistry's methods, though without its theo-centric assurance.
In this way, other issues can also be touched on, such as study, casuistry, charity, and confraternities.
His most recent book is Measure for Measure: Casuistry and Artistry.
A similar casuistry drives the character of the Bad Lieutenant, whose absolute degradation runs a parallel course with salvation.