Friday, July 30, 2010
casuistry noun [KAZH-oo-uh-stree] Specious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, esp. in questions of morality.
Definitions for casuistry
- Specious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, esp. in questions of morality.
- The application of general ethical principles to particular cases of conscience or conduct.
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Citations for casuistry
The popular objection to casuistry is similar to the popular objection to the maxim that the ends justify the means.
"And how will it work in infinite time? It's nothing but casuistry, casuistry. It's a way of explaining my own impotence."
Origin of casuistry
Casuistry comes from the French casuiste and the Latin casus, "case," perhaps related to making a case or justifying behavior.