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An Answer That Cannot Be Neglected: The Solution

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This chapter indicates the general strategy for the solution to the problem of culpability for negligent omissions (NO's). The basic idea is that in every NO, the agent has some awareness or consideration of the object of an intellection. This consideration carries along with it the virtual reflection that one should further consider that intellection's object more. If the agent were to do this, she would arrive at knowledge of her obligation and be able to avoid the NO. Ex hypothesi, she does not perform further consideration even though she knows she should and thus voluntarily causes ignorance. The chapter shows how this general strategy can be applied to each of the different types of NO. It discusses how the ultimate solution relates both to the traditional understandings of the solution for NO's and to some of the insights gained from the other authors discussed.

Keywords: negligent omissions (NO's); virtual reflection

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