Addiction and Weakness of Will

Paperback | December 12, 2013

byLubomira Radoilska

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The way in which society views addiction underlies how it treats, understands, blames, or even punishes those with addictive behaviours. This thought-provoking new book presents an original philosophical analysis bringing together addiction and weakness of will. Within the book, the author develops an integrated account of these two phenomena, rooted in a classical conception of akrasia as valuing without intending and at the sametime intending without valuing. This fascinating and suggestive account addresses a number of paradoxes faced by current thinking about addiction and weakness of will, in particular the significance of control and intention for responsible action.Addiction and Weakness of Will makes an original contribution to central issues in moral psychology and philosophy of action, including the relationship between responsibility and intentional agency, and the nature and scope of moral appraisal. The book is valuable for philosophers, ethicists andpsychiatrists with an interest in philosophy.

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The way in which society views addiction underlies how it treats, understands, blames, or even punishes those with addictive behaviours. This thought-provoking new book presents an original philosophical analysis bringing together addiction and weakness of will. Within the book, the author develops an integrated account of these two ph...

Lubomira Radoilska's research has focused on developing a new theory of autonomous agency and exploring its implications in core areas of philosophy. She holds a doctorate in philosophy from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. Since 2003, she has held the following positions at the University of Cambridge: Rese...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019964196X

ISBN - 13:9780199641963

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Table of Contents

1. Addiction and Voluntary Control2. Addiction and Rational Judgement3. Weakness of Will and Moral Appraisal4. Before Weakness of Will5. Addiction and Weakness of Will: An Integrated Account