Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility by Randolph ClarkeOmissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility by Randolph Clarke

Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility

byRandolph Clarke

Paperback | April 1, 2017

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Philosophical theories of agency and responsibility have focused primarily on actions and activities. But, besides acting, we often omit to do or refrain from doing certain things. Omitting or refraining, like acting, can have consequences, good and bad. And we can be praiseworthy orblameworthy for omitting or refraining. However, omitting and refraining are not simply special cases of action; they require their own distinctive treatment. In Omissions, Randolph Clarke offers the first comprehensive account of these phenomena, addressing three main questions: What is an omission? What is it to intentionally not do a certain thing? And what does it take to be morally responsible for omitting or refraining? Clarke examines theconnection between negligence and omission, the distinction between doing and allowing, and the distinction in law between act and omission. With its attention to a previously neglected topic, Omissions broadens our understanding of human agency.
Randolph Clarke is Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He is the author of Libertarian Accounts of Free Will (OUP 2003) and numerous articles on agency, free will, and moral responsibility.
Title:Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and ResponsibilityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"I highly recommend Omissions to any who work on questions of responsibility, negligence, or philosophy of action or law more generally. Clarke's metaphysically grounded approach offers both a view worthy of consideration and a great example of how our metaphysics can influence our otherviews." --Mind