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

Neil Levy


Addiction seems to involve a significant degree of loss of control over behaviour, yet it remains mysterious how such a loss of control occurs and how it can be compatible with the retention of agency. This collection, which arose out of a conference held at the University of Oxford, brings together philosophers, neuroscientists and psychologists with the aim of understanding this loss of control from a perspective informed by cutting-edge science and philosophical reflection. Individual chapters, by well-established names in philosophy of action, moral philosophy, neuroscience and psychology, ... More

Keywords: Addiction, self-control, discounting, akrasia, value, decision-making, reward, moral responsibility

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199862580
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Levy, editor
Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, Oxford University

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Front Matter

2 Money as MacGuffin

George Ainslie

5 Phenomenal Authority

Owen Flanagan

6 Varieties of Valuation in the Normal and Addicted Brain

Mark E. Walton and Nicholas A. Nasrallah

7 Are Addicts Responsible?

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

8 Just Say No?

Jeanette Kennett

9 Addiction in Context

Hanna Pickard and Steve Pearce

11 Addiction and Blameworthiness

Timothy Schroeder and Nomy Arpaly

12 Addiction Between Compulsion and Choice

Richard Holton and Kent Berridge

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