Doing and allowing, threats and sequences

Woollard, Fiona (2008) Doing and allowing, threats and sequences. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 89, (2), 261-277. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0114.2008.00320.x).


[img] PDF - Version of Record
Restricted to internal admin

Download (221Kb)


The distinction between doing and allowing appears to have
moral significance, but the very nature of the distinction is as yet unclear. Philippa Foot’s ‘pre-existing threats’ account of the doing/allowing distinction is highly influential. According to the best version of Foot’s account an agent brings about an outcome if and only if his behaviour is part of the sequence leading to that outcome. When understood in this way, Foot’s account escapes objections by Warren Quinn and Jonathan Bennett. However, more analysis is required to show what makes a relevant condition part of a sequence. Foot’s account is promising, but incomplete.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1468-0114.2008.00320.x
ISSNs: 0031-5621 (print)
1468-0114 (electronic)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ePrint ID: 184461
Date :
Date Event
June 2008Published
25 May 2008Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 06 May 2011 08:30
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:37

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics