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Active/Passive

Jonathan Bennett

in The Act Itself

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198237914
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019823791X.003.0007
 Active/Passive

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Alan Donagan offered an account of making/allowing in terms of so conducting yourself that what ensues is not (making) or is (allowing) what would have happened in the course of nature. On a reasonable understanding of ‘the course of nature’, this analysis nearly coincides in its output with the analysis in terms of positive/negative, including relating in the same way to the ‘immobility’ objection to the latter (Ch. 6). Differences are discussed, and found to be too recherché to yield decisive intuitions.

Keywords: active; allowing; Donagan; immobility; making; passive

Chapter.  6891 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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