Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility

2015.02.33 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Randolph Clarke, Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility, Oxford University Press, 2014, 227pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.02.33 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Randolph Clarke, Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility, Oxford University Press, 2014, 227pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780199347520. Reviewed by Dana Kay Nelkin and Samuel C. Rickless, University of California, San Diego This is a rich, dense, well-written, and thought-provoking book on a very important topic that has not received the kind of systematic attention that it deserves. Part of the reason for this, as Randolph Clarke rightly points out, is that the issues here straddle several different philosophical subfields, notably metaphysics (What are omissions?), philosophy of action (Are omissions actions, and refrainings intentional actions?), ethics (Can we be responsible and/or blameworthy for omissions? If so, how, and why?), and law (Can we be criminally liable for omissions?). It is a testament to Clarke’s versatility and virtuosity that he is able to integrate discussion of these matters. . .

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