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IAP 2010 Activity

What's Distinctive about Addiction?
Richard Holton
Tue Jan 19, 01-03:00pm, 32-155

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Accounts of addiction have tended to polarize between those that treat it as a disease, and those that see it as a choice. But the opposition isn't a good one. There is plenty of evidence that addictive substances bring physical changes that profoundly alter the way the brain works; and plenty of evidence that addicts are nonetheless making choices about their behaviour. We need to come up with an account of addictive agency; and to work our way towards an account of the moral responsibility of addicts. This talk reviews the empirical findings, and takes some steps along this path.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/philos/www/iap/holton2010.html
Contact: Richard Holton, 32-D808, 253-4141, holton@mit.edu
Sponsor: Linguistics and Philosophy
Latest update: 08-Jan-2010

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Last update: 19 August 2010