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Can I Have Your Divided Attention? Scotus, Indistinct Intellections, And Type-1 Negligent Omissions Almost Solved

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This chapter offers a way in which to understand as voluntary the ignorance accompanying Type-1 negligent omissions (NO's), instances of NO in which the agent could reasonably have been expected to keep in mind continuously her obligation until it was fulfilled. It relies on certain elements in Scotus's thought. The chapter, therefore, first discusses a few aspects of his general action theory. His 'doctrine of indistinct intellections' is presented, after which one fully understands how such ignorance can be voluntary. Before diving into Scotus's theory, a few quick words about his writings is presented. Unlike other significant medieval philosophers, the manuscript tradition for Scotus's writings is very complicated. The chapter makes one brief remark regarding the relationship between the agent and that agent's faculties of the will and intellect so as to avoid creating a misleading impression.

Keywords: indistinct intellections; Scotus; type-1 negligent omissions (NO's)



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