Respondeo: Method and Content in Casuistry
Wildes, Kevin Wm.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1994 Feb; 19(1): 115-119.
James Tallmon has argued that my criticisms of Jonsen and Toulmin are ill founded. Tallmon argues that Jonsen and Toulmin argue for a method of rhetorical reasoning and not for a particular content. He argues that if one distinguishes the content and method of casuistry the Jonsen-Toulmin model can work. But Tallmon, like Jonsen and Toulmin, cannot escape the need for casuistry to have a content. Tallmon's response evidences that need since he assumes that there is a 'Medical Community' which has a moral vision.
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Wildes, Kevin Wm. (1993-02)Several recent attempts to develop models of moral reasoning have attempted to use some form of casuistry as a way to resolve the moral controversies of clinical ethics. One of the best known models of casuistry is that ...