Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Persistence of Casuistry: a Neo-premodernist Approach to Moral Reasoning
by Mercadante, Richard A., Jr., Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2011, 151; 3481707
Abstract (Summary)

The general purpose of this dissertation is to explore casuistry—case-based reasoning—as a discredited, rehabilitated, and, most importantly, persistent form of moral reasoning. Casuistry offers a much needed corrective to principle-based approaches. I offer a defense of a “principle-modest” casuistry and explore the epistemology of casuistry, describing the prerequisite knowledge required for casuistry. I conclude by arguing that casuistry is best understood as a neo-premodernist approach to moral reasoning.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Turner, Stephen P.
Commitee: Ariew, Roger, Cissna, Kenneth N., Williams, Thomas
School: University of South Florida
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 73/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy
Keywords: Cases, Casuistry, Conscience, Ethics, Moral reasoning, Neo-premodernism, Principles, Taxonomies
Publication Number: 3481707
ISBN: 978-1-267-01126-8
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