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A decision-making method used in biomedical ethics; based on previous experience with similar cases.
[L. casus, case]
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Casuistry today has a negative connotation as specious rationalization, but it once formed a substantial, respectable body of literature.
For instance, the usual presentation of Biathanatos, either as satire or over-careful casuistry which offended common sense - the 'trifling' argument - or as a monumentally misguided, dull tome, is flexed to suggest the text is a training manual for the conscience.
Importantly, however, the ethical status of such claims should not be taken in a Kantian sense, for casuistry was deontologically subversive, privileging the obligations of a specific social office over ungrounded a priori dicta of right action.
Herein we find out how moral tradition progresses and develops; how justice and the common good relate to AIDS; strengths and weaknesses of casuistry in connection with this pandemic; a vision for developing the meaningfulness of sexuality for our world's youths; and how the challenge and risks of the reign of God can be applied to the present predicament.
Sometimes, and always in my graduate course in Christian ethics, I attempt to describe casuistry as one of the important methods of moral reasoning.
Making Mortal Choices: Three Exercises in Moral Casuistry. By Hugo Adam Bedau.
Thomas examines the literature on casuistry, which allowed people to escape these moral dilemmas (the taking of loyalty oaths, for example), if only by providing rationalizations.
Attwood also identifies three legacies that Ramsey brings together in his depiction of love and in the shape of the Christian ethics overall: 'a theology within the Reformed tradition, a moral casuistry with a strongly Roman Catholic feel, and a political theory owing much to Reinhold Niebuhr's Augustinian political realism'.
Facts Matter: A Study Into the Casuistry of Substantive International Criminal Law
Not given herself to casuistry, Isolde was evidently finding it hard to deal with it in another.