Addiction and Responsibility (Philosophical Psychopathology) by Jeffrey Poland,George Graham

By Jeffrey Poland,George Graham

Addictive habit threatens not only the addict's happiness and overall healthiness but in addition the welfare and health of others. It represents a lack of strength of will and various different cognitive impairments and behavioral deficits. An addict may well say, "I could not support myself." yet questions come up: are we accountable for our addictions? And what duties do others need to support us? This quantity bargains a number of views on dependancy and accountability and the way the 2 are sure jointly. unique individuals -- from theorists to clinicians, from neuroscientists and psychologists to philosophers and felony students -- speak about those questions in essays utilizing quite a few conceptual and investigative instruments. a few participants provide versions of addiction-related phenomena, together with theories of incentive sensitization, ego-depletion, and pathological have an effect on; others tackle such conventional philosophical questions as unfastened will and corporation, mind-body, and different minds. essays, written through students who have been themselves addicts, try to combine first-person phenomenological money owed with the third-person viewpoint of the sciences. participants distinguish between ethical accountability, obligation, and the moral accountability of clinicians and researchers. Taken jointly, the essays provide a forceful argument that we won't totally comprehend dependancy if we don't additionally comprehend responsibility.

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