Absence of action

Philosophical Studies 158 (2):361-376 (2012)
Abstract
Often when one omits to do a certain thing, there's no action that is one's omission; one's omission, it seems, is an absence of any action of some type. This paper advances the view that an absence of an action--and, in general, any absence--is nothing at all: there is nothing that is an absence. Nevertheless, it can result from prior events that one omits to do a certain thing, and there can be results of the fact that one omits to do something. This is so even if absences cannot be causes or causal effects.
Keywords absence  cause  omission
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-012-9881-z
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