Degree Granting Department
Stephen P. Turner, Ph.D
Roger Ariew, Ph.D.
Kenneth N. Cissna, Ph.D.
Thomas Williams, Ph.D.
ethics, cases, principles, taxonomies, conscience
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.
Scholar Commons Citation
Mercadante, Richard Arthur, "The Persistence of Casuistry: a Neo-premodernist Approach to Moral Reasoning" (2011). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.