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Diccionario filosófico
Complete edition

Diccionario de Filosofía
Brief definition of the most important concepts of philosophy.


A Dictionary of English Philosophical Terms Francis Garden


Vocabulary of Philosophy, Psychological, Ethical, Metaphysical
William Fleming

Biografías y semblanzas Biographical references and lives of philosophers

Brief introduction to the thought of Ortega y Gasset

History of Philosophy Summaries

Historia de la Filosofía
Explanation of the thought of the great philosophers; summaries, exercises...

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Jaime Balmes

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Zeferino González

Vidas, opiniones y sentencias de los filósofos más ilustres
Complete digital edition of the work of Diogenes Laertius

Compendio de las vidas de los filósofos antiguos

A brief history of Greek Philosophy
B. C. Burt


A Short History of Philosophy





CASUISTRY.—(1) Disputation as to conflicting duties, that is, duties which seem to demand attention at the same time, yet cannot be fulfilled simultaneously. In the best sense, Casuistry is a system of the rational grounds for adjustment of such conflict. It does not imply dispute as to right and wrong; it presupposes the absence of such dispute; (2) in an evil sense, equivalent to sophistry, wilful concealment of truth under the subtleties of dialectic.


A department of ethics "the great object of which is to lay down rules or canons for directing us how to act wherever there is any room for doubt or hesitation" (Stewart, Active Powers, bk. IV. ch. V. sec. 4). The science of cases, or of those special varieties which are for ever changing the face of actions as contemplated by general rules (De Quincey, On Casuistry).

To casuistry, as ethical, belongs the decision of what are called cases of conscience—that is, cases in which from special circumstances the existence of obligation, or the degree of it, is involved in doubt.



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