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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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Normal and addictive desires

Normal and addictive desires

(p.99) Chapter 6 Normal and addictive desires
Addiction and Choice

Patrick Butlin

David Papineau

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to understand drug addiction in the context of an overall theory of human behavior. It describes three systems that contribute to determining our choices and actions and are of particular relevance for understanding addiction. These are the habit system, the desire system, and the planning system. Locating theories of addiction in a framework for understanding normal behavior is an important prerequisite to answering moral and practical questions concerning addiction, and also makes it easier to compare these theories. This chapter also argues that the standing desire theory is the most elegant theory of drug addiction currently available and explains how this theory relates to other prominent proposals. Finally, it outlines a major challenge to the standing desire theory deriving from the ongoing debate concerning the function of dopamine.

Keywords:   addiction, desire, drugs, dopamine, intention

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