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Addiction and ChoiceRethinking the relationship$
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Nick Heather and Gabriel Segal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198727224

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727224.001.0001

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Failures of rationality and self-knowledge in addiction

Failures of rationality and self-knowledge in addiction

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(p.82) Chapter 5 Failures of rationality and self-knowledge in addiction
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Addiction and Choice
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Thomas Crowther

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727224.003.0005

The focus of this chapter is the account of akrasia in alcoholism suggested by the Alcoholics Anonymous literature. The chapter begins by sketching out this account of akrasia. It then goes on to raise a number of questions about this account. It attempts to resolve these questions in terms of the idea that alcoholic relapse involves a disorder of mental state. Various features of alcoholic action and thought in relapse are traced to characteristic features of this state. The chapter develops the idea that such states as “obsession with alcohol” are malformed varieties of the normal condition of wakefulness, and that aspects of the disorder involved in alcoholism can be explained in terms of this relation.

Keywords:   alcoholism, akrasia, Alcoholics Anonymous, disorder, obsession, wakefulness

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