The Process of Casuistry

Catharine Cookson

in Regulating Religion

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195129441
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834105 | DOI:
The Process of Casuistry

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Examines and describes in detail the casuistical method of conflict resolution, noting the importance of principles, paradigms, presumptions, analogies, and “the particulars.” Casuistry is neither a technical loophole, nor a laxity born out of sympathy, nor anarchical relativism. These criticisms (which also include fear of the “abuse of casuistry” and of the “slippery slope”) are directly addressed. The chapter concludes that the process of casuistry achieves principled justice between the competing goods at issue in free exercise conflicts.

Keywords: abuse of casuistry; analogies; casuistry; competing goods; free exercise conflicts; justice; paradigms; presumptions; relativism; slippery slope; technical loophole

Chapter.  4737 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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