Getting Hooked: Rationality and Addiction

Getting Hooked: Rationality and Addiction

by Jon Elster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521640083

ISBN-13: 9780521640084

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The essays in this volume offer the most thorough and up-to-date discussion available of the relationship between addiction and rationality. This is the only book-length treatment of the subject and includes contributions from philosophers, psychiatrists, neurobiologists, sociologists, and economists. The volume offers an up-to-date exposition of the neurophysiology…  See more details below

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The essays in this volume offer the most thorough and up-to-date discussion available of the relationship between addiction and rationality. This is the only book-length treatment of the subject and includes contributions from philosophers, psychiatrists, neurobiologists, sociologists, and economists. The volume offers an up-to-date exposition of the neurophysiology of addiction, a critical examination of the Becker theory of rational addiction, an argument for a "visceral theory of addiction," a discussion of compulsive gambling as a form of addiction, several discussions of George Ainslie's theory of hyperbolic discounting, analyses of social causes and policy implications, and an investigation of the problem of relapse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521640084
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements; Contributors; 1. Introduction Jon Elster and Ole-Jørgen Skog; 2. Addiction and social interaction Karl Ove Moene; 3. Addiction, weakness of the will, and relapse Olav Gjelsvik; 4. The dangers of willpower George Ainslie; 5. The neurobiology of chemical addiction Eliot L. Gardner and James David; 6. To legalize or not to legalize: is that the question? Helge Waal; 7. Rationality, irrationality and addiction - notes on Becker's and Murphy's theory of addiction Ole-Jørgen Skog; 8. Gambling and addiction Jon Elster; 9. A visceral account of addiction George Loewenstein; 10. Epilogue: rationally coping with lapses from rationality Thomas Schelling; Index.

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