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The Abuse of Casuistry

A History of Moral Reasoning

Albert R. Jonsen, Stephen Toulmin


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In this engaging study, the authors put casuistry into its historical context, tracing the origin of moral reasoning in antiquity, its peak during the sixteenth and early seventeenth century, and its subsequent fall into disrepute from the mid-seventeenth century.

University of California Press, 9780520069602, 432pp.

Publication Date: January 22, 1990

About the Author

Albert R. Jonsen is Professor of Ethics in Medicine and Chairman, Department of Medical Humanities, University of Washington School of Medicine. Stephen Toulmin is Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities at Northwestern University.