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Reason and Addiction-Chapter 8

Elsevier Ltd
DOI: 10.1016/b978-008044056-9/50049-x
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Publisher Summary This chapter focuses on the unwillingness of unwilling addicts. Since they are unwilling, it seems to be an important starting point for therapy in these cases. An important aspect of this starting point is that unwilling addicts seem to have good reason to be unwilling. In this sense, their unwillingness seems to be an expression of their rationality. Therapy in the case of a willing addict will be different. The chapter outlines a richer and more substantive normative framework in which one might delineate addiction. It is the thicker and normative intentional framework which provides a coherent unity to the phenomenon of addiction, a unity that exists through all the stages of addiction, and it does that in such a way that connections with other issues, for instance the important connections with therapy and also legal issues, can be raised in a meaningful way.

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