"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Tuesday, 19 January 2010


A casuist is someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious; someone who argues over fine details; a quibbler or sophist.

A casuist may also be a theologian or other person who resolves cases of conscience or moral duty and casuistry is a moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas.

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