Casuistry


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Casuistry

1. In law, the act of applying a rule or principle to a theoretical situation in order to see how it holds up.

2. In law, the act of generalizing an unusual situation in order to form a rule or principle based on it.

3. Derogatory, faulty reasoning.
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4) William Childers, "Hispanic Casuistry Studies: room to Grow (review essay)," Hispanic Review vol.
Besides the American bishops whose views we have quoted above, several other bishops around the world are turning to a casuistry of accommodation to address HIV preventive measures.
In closing, she avers that the scenes of casuistry in action she explores with early-modern Spanish theater could help explain the "insecurity, the cynicism, even the morbid fatalism of the elusive but tantalizing 'Spanish soul.
Medusa's Gaze: Casuistry and Conscience in the Renaissance (Stanford: Stanford UP, 1991), 142.
Casuistry is a consideration of the situatedness of situations, a nod to the contingencies of life, and it is rhetorical in that it has the power to shape and alter our perception of "fitting" responses and propriety: "Because of the complexity of reality and the variation of circumstances, immutable laws are not immediately helpful in determining the disposition of a case.
In his book Conscience and Its Problems: An Introduction to Casuistry, Kenneth Kirk (1927/1999), an Anglican bishop, wrote that
In the believer's world, the world of authentic piety, the mediations (the cosmology, casuistry, sacred writings, traditions of origin, institutional structure) are factually true.
The desperate casuistry that underlies such a proposal indicates the true dilemma of a civilisation placing increasing emphasis on its religiosity at the same time as its hi-tech capacities push back the bounds of nature's domain.
Few realise (it is usually said to be anonymous) that the churchman Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667) in his Ductor Dubitantium 1:1:5, a compendium of Catholic and Protestant casuistry, traces it back to a couplet by Ambrose: 'Si fueris Romae, Romano vivite more; /Si fueris alibi, vivite sicut ubi.
Yet they do their work in secret, their conversations and deliberations blanketed under layers of oaths all aimed at keeping everything secret (which caused not a little high-level casuistry as they dealt with their eagerness to find a way to tell what they'd seen and heard).
Chapter 2 "Casuistry and Eidoloclasm," the last of the three added chapters, introduces a typical De Quinceyan turn toward ambiguous and threatening opposites: casuistry and eidoloclasm are "a negative inversion of 'Knowledge' and 'Power,'" used to evaluate (and attack) the reputations of Coleridge and Wordsworth (24).