Causation by Absence: Omission Impossible

Philosophia 48 (2):625-641 (2020)
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In this paper, we argue that, omissions are not events or actions, but rather fact-like entities, and that, insofar as only events and actions can be causes, omissions cannot be causes. Nevertheless, since omissions can, and often do, play a role in the explanations of events, their place in such explanations must be found; and an attempt to find such a place is made.

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Lawrence Lombard
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