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I Can’T Get You Out Of My Mind: Scotus, Lingering Indistinct Intellections, And Type-2 Negligent Omissions

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What about Type-2 negligent omissions (NO's), cases in which the relevant time lag is long enough such that the agent could not reasonably be expected to keep in mind her obligation continuously until TEF, but short enough such that there is no expectation for her to 'write notes to herself ' or do something along those lines? Is the doctrine of indistinct intellections useful for explaining their culpability? This chapter demonstrates how it can be so applied by proposing a significant development of Scotus's machinery, a development called 'Lingering Indistinct Intellections'. It shows that there are two variations of Type-2 NO's and the chapter helps to explain culpability in both of them. There is a question as to how the agent is to have knowledge of certain relevant descriptions of her action or non-action.

Keywords: indistinct intellections; Scotus; type-2 negligent omissions (NO)



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