Acts and Omissions: Taking Stock and Future Directions

September 22, 2018
Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University

Room 420.2.21
Level 2 Mary Glowery Building
115 Victoria Parade 3065

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities

All speakers:

Australian Catholic University
Oxford University
University of Melbourne
Monash University


Oxford University
University of Reading (PhD)

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The acts and omissions distinction received a great deal of philosophical attention in the 1970s and 80s, but since that time the amount of literature on the topic has decreased. On the face of it, since no consensus has been reached, this seems odd, given the huge significance of the distinction. The aim of this workshop is to take stock of where current thinking on the distinction has reached, and to seek possible future directions for research.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you would like to attend the workshop it will help us with the catering numbers if you could please register in advance at: 


10: Tea and coffee

1015: Roger Crisp: Opening remarks

1030: Stephanie Collins (ACU): Act and Omitting in Group-level Harms

1145: Break for tea and coffee

12-1315: Seth Lazar (ANU): Acts, Omissions, and Machine Intelligence

 1315-1430: Lunch

1430-1545: Holly Lawford-Smith (University of Melbourne): Omitting to Protest & Citizen Authorization of State Wrongdoing

1545-1600: Break for tea and coffee

1600-1715: Justin Oakley (Monash): Virtue ethics, Acts vs. Omissions, and Burdens of Proof 

1715: Close

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