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date: 06 July 2022

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The consequences of our actions seem to matter. But what is the nature of the consequence relation that a particular act bears to, well, its consequences? This essay considers a number of traditional approaches to understanding the consequence relation. While many traditional approaches treat the consequence relation as built upon a causal relation, I hold that there are good reasons to doubt that the consequence relation should be understood in terms of causal relations, even if supplemented with the identity relation. Instead, I argue for a contrastive approach that, while not entirely free of problems, does a better job than standard accounts at capturing the relationship between an act and its consequences.

Keywords: consequences, cause, G. E. Moore, action, omission

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