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The Persistence of Casuistry: the Revival of Case-Based Reasoning. I. ca suistry defined. II. casuistry despised. I II. casuistry rehabilitated. IV. casuistry in the classroom. I. ca suistry defined. abortion. 45% prolife 49% prochoice.

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The Persistence of Casuistry:the Revival of Case-Based Reasoning


I. casuistry defined

II. casuistry despised

III. casuistry rehabilitated

IV. casuistry in the classroom


I. casuistry defined


abortion


45% prolife49% prochoice

Gallup poll July 2011


27% legal under any circumstance22% illegal in any circumstance

50% legal only under certain circumstances


confession


Casuistry: an example


II. casuistry despised


Protagoras - sophist


Plato

428 – 427 B.C.E.


"...it is a lesser sin if a man seduces a beautiful woman than an ugly one, for he is compelled by beauty, and, where there is greater compulsion, there is less sin." Alain of Lille (12th century)


1556 – 1656“high casuistry”


Jesuits


1660


Casuistry – “the art of quibbling with God.”Penny Encyclopedia 1836


Casuistry destroys by distinctions and exceptions all morality, and effaces the essential difference between right and wrong.Oxford English Dictionary


no tolerance policies


III. casuistry rehabilitated


1988


ethics as deductive reason


Lying is morally wrong.

The bishop lied to the police.

The bishop’s action was morally wrong.


“He condemned nothing hastily or without taking account of circumstances…he had none of the inaccessibility of a rigid moralist.”Victor Hugo on Bishop Myriel in Les Miserables (13)


It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject matter admits.Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics1094b24-26


Cicero 106-43 B.C.E.


“It is hard work to be excellent … To do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, that is not for everyone, nor is it easy…” Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics 1109a


IV. casuistry in the classroom


start with detailed cases


explore differences between cases


work out a taxonomy


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