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Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility

Randolph Clarke


Philosophical theories of agency have focused primarily on actions and activities. But, besides acting, we often omit to do or refrain from doing certain things. How is this aspect of our agency to be conceived? This book offers a comprehensive account of omitting and refraining, addressing issues ranging from the nature of agency and moral responsibility to the metaphysics of absences and causation. Topics addressed include the role of intention in intentional omission, the connection between negligence and omission, the distinction between doing and allowing, and the distinction in law betwe ... More

Keywords: action, agency, causation, doing and allowing, intention, moral responsibility, negligence, omission, refraining

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199347520
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347520.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randolph Clarke, author
Florida State University