Refraining, Omitting, and Negative Acts

  title={Refraining, Omitting, and Negative Acts},
  author={Kent Bach},
  • K. Bach
  • Published 29 July 2010
  • Education, Philosophy
Action theory has been primarily concerned with the question of what it is to do something, along with such subsidiary questions as what is to do something intentionally and what it is to do one thing by doing another. It has tended to neglect the question of what it is to fail to do something. As we will see, there are different ways in which one can not merely not do something, but fail to do it. Just consider that at any given moment, including this one, there are countless things you are… 
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