Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility

Hardcover | May 7, 2014

byRandolph Clarke

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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.

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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, omit...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:May 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. What is an Omission?2. Absence of Action3. Intentional Omissions4. Omissions, Abilities, and Freedom5. Moral Responsibility for Omissions6. Inability and Responsibility for Inaction7. Negligent Action and Unwitting Omission8. Doing, Allowing, and Omitting to Act9. Law and Omissions: A Brief DefenseReferencesIndex