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Randolph Clarke

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199347520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347520.001.0001

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Negligent Action and Unwitting Omission

Negligent Action and Unwitting Omission

(p.160) Chapter 7 Negligent Action and Unwitting Omission

Randolph Clarke

Oxford University Press

Negligence and omission are closely related: commonly, in cases of negligent action, the agent has failed to turn her attention to some pertinent fact. But that omission is itself typically unwitting. A sufficient condition for blameworthiness for an unwitting omission is offered, as is an account of blameworthiness for negligent action. It is argued that one can be blameworthy for wrongdoing done from ignorance even if one is not blameworthy for that ignorance.

Keywords:   blameworthiness, ignorance, negligence, omission

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