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casuistry

noun behaviorism, deontology, ethical philosophy, ethology, idealism, moral science, perfectionism, sophistry, utilitarianism
See also: duplicity, ethics, sophistry
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68) Responding to this variety, the casuist attended not only to the general rule, that, for example, 'thou shalt not kill' but also to the extenuating circumstances that might affect a particular case of homicide.
Protestant casuists called their art by a different name ("case divinity" or "cases of conscience"), but remained heavily indebted to the Catholic casuists.
Although the historical casuist must investigate these materials as well, she will not limit her study to them.
There is, however, no question in my mind that his approach is at least as defensible from a philosophical point of view as those of Kantians, utilitarians, casuists, or particularists.
identifies Ames and his mentor, Perkins (see supra note 39), as among the most influential Puritan casuists of the period.
As opposed to the contrivances and deliberations of the casuists, immediate feelings require neither a working knowledge of Latin nor membership in the clergy.
Rather, "It is famine, a happy distinction which had escaped the casuists of former times and for which we are indebted to modern discovery
Some journalistic casuists may reply that ministers exhausted by too vigorous a pursuit of a bit on the side will not work well.
Casuistry is worth briefly dwelling on because, although Swift's use of casuistical techniques remains open to debate, he would undoubtedly have been aware of the central role played by casuists in the moral examination of lying.
And according to these various states and textures of actions to be done or omitted, the decisions are more difficult and inevident, and the variety of Mens Judgments give different Theorys and make different Conclusions touching them: And therefore to settle and determine these (r) is required much exercise of the reasoning faculty, much Judgment and advertence which doth not so commonly fall under ordinary Capacities, this we may easily perceive in the curious and subtile Works of Many Writers of Morall Philosophy and in the (a) Schoolmen (b) and Casuists of this and /fol.