The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction

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The problem of addiction is one of the major challenges and controversies confronting medicine and health.It also poses important and complex philosophical problems. Is addiction akin to moral failure - a sign of weakness of will, or poor lifestyle choices? Or is addiction a disease of the brain, rendering addicts helpless? How far have scientific and evidence-based methods increased understanding - and treatment - of addiction? The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems and debates in this exciting subject. It spans several disciplines and is the first collection of its kind. Sixty chapters by a team of international contributors examine the following key areas: Phenomenology and what it is like to be an addictConceptions of addictionVarieties and taxonomies of addictionMethods and models of addictionEvolution of addictionHistory, Sociology and Anthropology Population distribution and epidemiologyDevelopmental processesVulnerabilities and resistanceMental mechanismsIndividual, Socio-political and economic consequences of addictionPrevention, treatment and spontaneous recoveryWho is responsible? Ethics, Law and Policy. These chapters are organized under three clear parts: What is addiction? Explaining Addiction; and Consequences and Responses. The first part describes what addiction is and what it is like to live with addiction, considers whether addiction is a disease or a choice in the context of problems such as free will and autonomy, and places human addiction in comparison with studies of computer, animal and placebo studies of addiction. Part 2 examines the causes and explanations of addiction, considering evolutionary arguments, the history of addiction research, demographic and cultural challenges, and genetic, psychological and socio-economic levels of explanation. The third and final parts examines the costs and consequences of addiction, for individuals and societies, considering a wide range of associated problems including mental and physical illness, crime and imprisonment, poverty and stigma. Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, particularly philosophy of mind and psychology and ethics, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction will also be of great interest to those in related fields, such as medicine, mental health, social work, and social more

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  • Hardback | 500 pages
  • 171 x 248mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138909289
  • 9781138909281

Table of contents

Introduction Hanna Pickard and Serge Ahmed Part 1: What is Addiction? a) Conceptions of Addictionã b) Varieties and Taxonomies of Addiction c) Methods and Models of Addiction Part 2: Explaining Addiction: Culture, Pathways, Mechanisms a) History, Sociology, and Anthropology b) Developmental Processes, Vulnerabilities and Resilience c) Brain Mechanisms Part 3: Consequences and Responses: Why Does Addiction Matter and What Should We Do? a) Personal, Socio-political and Economic Consequences of Addiction b) Prevention, Treatment, and Spontaneous Recovery c) Ethics, Law and Policy. Indexshow more