Casuistry and Modern Ethics

Casuistry and Modern Ethics

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Did the Gulf War defend moral principle or Western oil interests? Is violent pornography an act of free speech or an act of violence against women? In Casuistry and Modern Ethics, Richard B. Miller sheds new light on the potential of casuistrya€”case-based reasoninga€”for resolving these and other questions of conscience raised by the practical quandaries of modern life. Rejecting the packaging of moral experience within simple descriptions and inflexible principles, Miller argues instead for identifying and making sense of the ethically salient features of individual cases. Because this practical approach must cope with a diverse array of experiences, Miller draws on a wide variety of diagnostic tools from such fields as philosophy of science, legal reasoning, theology, literary theory, hermeneutics, and moral philosophy. Opening new avenues for practical reasoning, Miller's interdisciplinary work will challenge scholars who are interested in the intersections of ethics and political philosophy, cultural criticism, and debates about method in religion and morality.For a rigorous discussion, see Martin L. Cook and Phillip A. Hamann, aquot;The Road to Basra: A Case Study in Military Ethics ... 1; R. W. Apple, Jr., aquot;Iraq Navy Threat Ended, Allies Say, aquot; New York Times, 3 February 1991, 1; R. W. Apple, Jr., aquot;Air War Is ... 31 March 1991, 1(E); Russell Watson, et al., aquot;Iraqa#39;s Power Play, aquot; Newsweek, 13 August 1990, 17-21; Russell Watson, ... 4 March 1991, 18-37; Andrew Whitley, aquot;Kuwait: The Last Forty- Eight Hours, aquot; New York Review of Books, 30 May 1991, anbsp;...

Title:Casuistry and Modern Ethics
Author:Richard B. Miller
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1996-11-01


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