Omissions as possibilities

Philosophical Studies 167 (1):1-23 (2014)
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Sara Bernstein
University of Notre Dame
Abstract
I present and develop the view that omissions are de re possibilities of actual events. Omissions do not literally fail to occur; rather, they possibly occur. An omission is a tripartite metaphysical entity composed of an actual event, a possible event, and a contextually specified counterpart relation between them. This view resolves ontological, causal, and semantic puzzles about omissions, and also accounts for important data about moral responsibility for outcomes resulting from omissions
Keywords Causation  Omissions  Causation by omission  Moral responsibility
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-013-0229-0
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