Social Theory and Practice 45 (3):451-470 (2019)

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Joseph Metz
University of Arizona
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An important but underexplored aspect of our negative agency is that it is fitting to regret only a limited subset of our non-doings even though there are many things that we fail to do. This paper examines why it is ill-fitting to regret certain non-doings, arguing that abilities form the primary constraint on the fittingness of this regret. There are many types of abilities, so a central aim of this paper is to clarify which abilities are relevant to such regret. Finally, virtues and further applications of the proposed ability-based account are explored.
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  Social and Political Philosophy  Omissions  Regret  Agency  Abilities
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ISBN(s) 0037-802X
DOI 10.5840/soctheorpract201992767
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