Moore and Schaffer on the Ontology of Omissions

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David Hommen
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
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In this paper, I discuss Michael Moore’s and Jonathan Schaffer’s views on the ontology of omissions in context of their stances on the problem of omissive causation. First, I consider, from a general point of view, the question of the ontology of omissions, and how it relates to the problem of omissive causation. Then I describe Moore’s and Schaffer’s particular views on omissions and how they combine with their stances on the problem of omissive causation. I charge Moore and Schaffer with inconsistencies and insufficiencies within their overall theories, and consider their replies. Finally, I propose my own view on the ontology of omissions and solution to the problem of omissive causation
Keywords Causal theory  Negative causation  Omission  Ontology  Theory of responsibility
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DOI 10.1007/s10838-013-9224-6
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