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Does inaction necessitate responsibility?

Objectivity
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3/3/2014 11:08:46 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Can someone only be responsible for the consequences of their actions, or should people also be responsible for the consequences of inaction when given the choice to act?

What if both inaction and action both merited consequences and the person chose inaction to absolve themselves of responsibility of either consequence? (Such as the classic trolley problem)
Hematite12
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3/6/2014 8:50:42 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
There is no such thing as inaction.

Anyone who doesn't pull the lever in the trolley problem is using an obscuring concept of "rights" and "obligations" and "responsibility". In the same way that bystanders to a crime are obligated to tell authorities about it, "inaction", because it does not exist, does not avoid moral obligation.