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Causing Human ActionsNew Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action$
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Jesús H. Aguilar and Andrei A. Buckareff

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014564

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014564.001.0001

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Comments on Clarke’s “Intentional Omissions”

Comments on Clarke’s “Intentional Omissions”

(p.156) (p.157) 10 Comments on Clarke’s “Intentional Omissions”
Causing Human Actions

Sartorio Carolina

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This chapter focuses on arguments for intentional omissions as presented by Randolph Clarke, which has two main claims, the first of which states that, in order for an agent’s omitting to A to be intentional, some intention with the appropriate content must play a causal role in the situation. The second claim presents the notion that the relevant intention’s causal role in each case is causing the agent’s subsequent thought and action. This is followed by a few remarks regarding both claims individually. The first presented claim made by Clarke is, however, the main source of dissent here. The chapter argues that the agent’s omitting to intend to A causes his omitting to A, and that this is enough to explain why the agent’s omitting to A is intentional. It is not required to state that the agent’s formation of a certain intention also plays a causal role.

Keywords:   intentional omissions, causal role, agent, intentions

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