How Jonsen really views casuistry: A note on the abuse of father Wildes

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 19 (1):103-113 (1994)
Abstract
Kevin Wildes has recently argued in the Journal that Albert Jonsen's model of casuistry is ill-suited to a secular world context, because this model is rooted in a particular history and because of the moral pluralism of contemporary society in which a content-specific method of moral reasoning cannot readily be deployed. Contra Wildes, two arguments are offered. First, casuistry is not tied exclusively to Roman Catholic theology; casuistry also has deep roots in Classical thought, roots that Jonsen and Toulmin underscore. Second, the context of Roman Catholic theology can be distinguished from the method of casuistry, permitting that method to be deployed successfully in morally pluralistic contexts. Keywords: casuistry, content, Jonsen, method, rhetoric, Toulmin, Wildes CiteULike Connotea Del.icio.us What's this?.
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