Addiction and Self-Control: Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience

Hardcover | December 18, 2013

EditorNeil Levy

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This book brings together a set of papers, many which grow out of presentations at a conference in Oxford in 2009 on addiction and self-control, by a set of thinkers who are united in believing that understanding agency and failures of agency requires engagement with the best science. Thepapers it collects attempts to illuminate the mechanisms involved in addiction and thereby to understand to what degree and in what ways actions driven by addiction are controlled by the agent, express his or her will or values, and the extent to which addicts are responsible for what they do. Some of the papers focus on the neuropsychological mechanisms involved, especially on the role of the midbrain dopamine system. Others focus on features of the behavior and the extent to which we can infer psychological mechanisms from behavior. The authors debate the best interpretation of thescientific evidence and how the scientific evidence bears upon, or can only be understand in the light of, philosophical theorizing about agency, control and responsibility.

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This book brings together a set of papers, many which grow out of presentations at a conference in Oxford in 2009 on addiction and self-control, by a set of thinkers who are united in believing that understanding agency and failures of agency requires engagement with the best science. Thepapers it collects attempts to illuminate the me...

Neil Levy is Deputy Director in the Centre for Neuroethics at Oxford University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199862583

ISBN - 13:9780199862580

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Contributors1. Neil Levy: Introduction: Addiction and Self-Control: Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience2. George Ainsle: Money as MacGuffin: A Factor in Gambling and Other Process Addict3. Don Ross: The Picoeconomics of Gambling Addiction and Supporting Neural Mechanisms4. Natalie Gold: Team Reasoning, Framing and Self-Control: An Aristotelian Account5. Owen Flanagan: Phenomenal Authority: The Epistemic Authority of Alcoholics Anonymous6. Mark Walton and Nicholas Nasrallah: Varieties of Valuation in the Normal and Addicted Brain: Legal and Policy Implications from a Neuroscience Perspective7. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: Are Addicts Responsible?8. Jeanette Kennett: Just Say No? Addiction and the Elements of Self-Control9. Hanna Pickard and Steve Pearce: Addiction in Context: Philosophical Lessons from a Personality Disorder Clinic10. Gideon Yaffe: Are Addicts Akratic? Interpreting the Neuroscience of Reward11. Timothy Schroeder and Nomy Arpaly: Addiction and Blameworthiness12. Richard Holton and Kent Berridge: Addiction Between Choice and CompulsionIndex