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Elster, Jon and Skog, Ole-Jorgen, eds. (1999) Getting hooked: rationality and addiction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press .

The essays in this volume offer a thorough discussion of the relationship between addiction and rationality. This book-length treatment of the subject includes contributions from philosophers, psychiatrists, neurobiologists, sociologists and economists. Contrary to the widespread view that addicts are subject to overpowering and compulsive urges, the authors in this volume demonstrate that addicts are capable of making choices and responding to incentives. At the same time they disagree with Gary Beckerās argument that addiction is the result of rational choice. The volume offers an exposition of the neurophysiology of addiction, a critical examination of the Becker theory of rational addiction, an argument for a āvisceral theory of addictionā, a discussion of compulsive gambling as a form of addiction, several discussions of George Ainslieās theory of hyperbolic discounting, analyses of social causes and policy implications, and an investigation of the problem of relapse


Item Type
Book
Publication Type
International, Book
Drug Type
All substances, Behavioural addiction
Date
1999
Call No
GC2
Pages
ix, 28
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication
Cambridge
ISBN
0-521-64008-3
Notes
includes bibliographical references and index
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 209 (Available)

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