WebDef: Causistry

cas·u·ist·ry /kaZH'westre/ — Noun: The use of clever, perhaps intentionally subtle and often unsound reasoning, especially in relation to moral questions. A person engaging in causistry can have the intention to deceive, or to defend an action or feeling as morally just. A theoretical rule is chosen that appears to resolve some particular instance of a moral problem, but fails to stand up to close examination. See also: sophistry, speciousness.

Here is an example of causistry, used in a sentence: "I don't buy into the casuistry about altruism always being ultimately selfish."

Related definitions:

  • soph·ist·ry /säf?stre/ — Noun: The use of fallacious or specious arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving.
  • spe·cious /speSH?s/ — Adjective: Misleading, and perhaps deceptively attractive. Having the false look of truth.

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