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Introduction: What’s The Problem?

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This introductory chapter of this book The Problem of Negligent Omissions - Medieval Action Theories to the Rescue begins with a discussion on sins of negligent omissions (NO's). The task of the book is to discover how NO's can consistently be considered blameworthy and, in a theological context, sinful by appealing to medieval and scholastic theories of action. This book is focused on how individual NO's can be voluntary and imputable abstracting from the character of the agent committing them. It has been pointed out that the examples used in this book focus on promise-keeping and thus fail to take into account the entire range of NO's. The chapter talks about clarifications regarding the approach of this book. Finally, the chapter presents the structure of the book and authors studied.

Keywords: medieval philosophy; negligent omissions; sins

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