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Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility Volume 5Themes from the Philosophy of Gary Watson$
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D. Justin Coates and Neal A. Tognazzini

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198830238

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198830238.001.0001

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Compromised Addicts

Compromised Addicts

(p.191) 9Compromised Addicts
Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility Volume 5

Gideon Yaffe

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The chapter seeks to better understand the prospects of Watson’s account of addiction. In particular, it is concerned with the question of how addiction can weaken the demand that the addict comply with otherwise legitimate demands. Watson answers this question by pointing to the way in which addictive desires distract attention in a way that makes it unreasonable to expect addicts to comply with legitimate demands with the same alacrity with which we expect non-addicts to comply with such demands. Demurring, the chapter argues instead that the expectation that addicts comply with otherwise legitimate demands is weakened because, for the addict, wholehearted effort to comply is simply not possible.

Keywords:   addiction, moral responsibility, Gary Watson, demand, wholeheartedness

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