Conscience and its Problems

Kenneth E. Kirk

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Casuistry is a process of reasoning that focuses upon specific cases or moral problems, as opposed to a general study of ethical theories. In this broad sense every moral philosopher may be regarded as a casuist in some sense. The term also has a narrower meaning as it refers to a group of moralists who, in the sixteenth and seventeenth century systematically adopted this method. Casuistry is now one of the options for those who, in the framework of the post-modern anti-systematic attitude, still feel the importance of serious moral debate and reject easy-minded relativism.A benchmark in twentieth century casuistry, Conscience and its Problems anticipates this development. It recognises the legacy of casuist tradition, and faces moral issues relevant to our own time. One of the great classics of theology unavailable for twenty years, Kirk's work is at last back in print in a handsome new edition.Kirk examines in depth all the crucial moral problems, and offers arguments drawn from religion and from those committed to religious worship and community. The influence of this work has been very wide, making it an essential text for those in the field.An extensive new Introduction by David H. Smith places Kirk's approach to casuistry in the context of a general discussion of the term, its meaning and the ways in which it has been variously interpreted.

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