A contribution to the problem of the causality of omissions

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Mateusz Klinowski


The text deals with the causal status of omissions. This problem is one of the arguments against treating omissions as full acts. I first discuss several arguments that are frequently cited in the literature against the recognition of the causal nature of omissions, showing that each of them is inconclusive. Then I a present a logical analysis known as the "sees to it" theory, which correctly captures a series of intuitions concerning activity, duty, and the ability to do something. With the help of this analysis I construct an interesting argument in favor of the causality of omissions.


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Klinowski, Mateusz. 2009. “A Contribution to the Problem of the Causality of Omissions”. Diametros, no. 21 (September):63-77. https://doi.org/10.13153/diam.21.2009.354.
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Mateusz Klinowski

dr Mateusz Klinowski Katedra Teorii i Filozofii Prawa Wydział Prawa i Administracji UJ
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