The Abuse of Casuistry: A History of Moral Reasoning

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University of California Press, 1988 - Medical - 420 pages
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In this engaging study, the authors put casuistry into its historical context, tracing the origin of moral reasoning in antiquity, its peak during the sixteenth and early seventeenth century, and its subsequent fall into disrepute from the mid-seventeenth century.
 

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This book is a good reference that analyses the methodological structure of casuistic argument, its historic and modern day application.

Contents

Theory and Practice
23
The Roots of Casuistry in Antiquity
47
Philosopher Orator Legislator
75
THE PRECURSORS
89
The Canonists and Confessors
101
The Theologians
122
HIGH CASUISTRY
137
Texts Authors and Methods
152
The Case of the Insulted
216
Pascals Critique
231
The Achievement of Casuistry
250
After The Provincial Letters
269
Philosophy and the Springs of Morality
279
The Revival of Casuistry
304
Conscience and
333
Copyright

The Case of Equivocation
195

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About the author (1988)

Albert R. Jonsen is Professor of Ethics in Medicine and Chairman, Department of Medical Humanities, University of Washington School of Medicine. Stephen Toulmin is Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities at Northwestern University.

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