Apr 10, 2006

Rapid Rhetoric: CASUISTRY

This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

casuistry - n. The resolution of moral questions by comparing specific cases against general (religious or philosophical) principles; specious reasoning; that is to say, reasoning that sounds logical but is false.

Here is an example of the usage of "casuistry" from Word of the Day:

"Leland, to argue that bigamy is good, on the one hand, because it allows more freedom of choice and, on the other, because it allows more women the security of a home with the good men in the world, is not only casuistry but baldly contradictory casuistry."


M A F said...

Casuistry: oh like the argument made on behalf of "intelligent design."

I like this "irregular" feature Mike!

Hooda Thunkit said...

Casuistry: As in casuistry doesn't really exist, outside of politics, of course.


historymike said...

Thanks, Mac. I love words and I love to write about them.

Politics is ripe for casuistry, Hooda.