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casuistry

(kăzh`yo͞oĭstrē) [Lat., casus=case], art of applying general moral law to particular cases. Although most often associated with theology (it has been utilized since the inception of Christianity), it is also used in law and psychology. The function of casuistry is to analyze motives so individual judgments can be made in accordance with an established moral code. The term is often used in a pejorative sense to indicate specious or equivocal reasoning.

casuistry

Philosophy the resolution of particular moral dilemmas, esp those arising from conflicting general moral rules, by careful distinction of the cases to which these rules apply
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Through reference to Tacitus, doubt could be focused specifically on courtly life, and the ad hoc casuistries of reason of state be seen both negatively and positively--one man's policy could be another's villainy.
In addition, that Irving has worked as a historian for decades makes him a bridge between historical and denial casuistries.
Textual literalism, naive supernaturalism, and the divinization of ordinary events, authority figures, and casuistries are part and parcel of religions through the ages.