Causation by omission: A dilemma [Book Review]

Philosophical Studies 123 (1-2):125--48 (2005)
Some omissions seem to be causes. For example, suppose Barry promises to water Alice’s plant, doesn’t water it, and that the plant then dries up and dies. Barry’s not watering the plant – his omitting to water the plant – caused its death. But there is reason to believe that if omissions are ever causes, then there is far more causation by omission than we ordinarily think. In other words, there is reason to think the following thesis true.
Keywords Philosophy   Philosophy   Epistemology   Logic   Philosophy of Mind   Philosophy of Religion
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DOI 10.2307/4321576
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David Lewis (2000). Causation as Influence. Journal of Philosophy 97 (4):182-197.
Donald Davidson (1967). Causal Relations. Journal of Philosophy 64 (21):691-703.

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