1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction

Edited By Hanna Pickard, Serge Ahmed Copyright 2019
    600 Pages
    by Routledge

    600 Pages
    by Routledge

    The problem of addiction is one of the major challenges and controversies confronting medicine and society. It also poses important and complex philosophical and scientific problems. What is addiction? Why does it occur? And how should we respond to it, as individuals and as a society?

    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. Organised into three clear parts, forty-five chapters by a team of international contributors examine key areas, including:

    • the meaning of addiction to individuals

    • conceptions of addiction

    • varieties and taxonomies of addiction

    • methods and models of addiction

    • evolution and addiction

    • history, sociology and anthropology

    • population distribution and epidemiology

    • developmental processes

    • vulnerabilities and resilience

    • psychological and neural mechanisms

    • prevention, treatment and spontaneous recovery

    • public health and the ethics of care

    • social justice, law and policy.

    Essential reading for students and researchers in addiction research and 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 policy.

    Part 1: What is Addiction?  Section 1: Conceptions of Addiction  1. The Puzzle of Addiction  2. Deriving Addiction: An Analysis Based on Three Elementary Features of Making Choices  3. The Picoeconomics of Addiction  4. Addiction as a Disorder of Self-control  5. Addiction: The Belief Oscillation Hypothesis  6. Addiction and Moral Psychology  7. Identity and Addiction  8. The Harmful Dysfunction Analysis of Addiction: Normal Brains and Abnormal States of Mind  9. The Evolutionary Significance of Drug Toxicity over Reward  Section 2: Varieties, Taxonomies, and Models of Addiction  10. Defining Addiction: A Pragmatic Perspective  11. Diagnosis of Addictions  12. Reconsidering Addiction as a Syndrome: One Disorder with Multiple Expressions  13. Developing General Models and Theories of Addiction  14. Gambling Disorder  15. Food Addiction  16. "A Walk On the Wild Side" of Addiction: The History and Significance of Animal Models  Part 2: Explaining Addiction: Culture, Pathways, Mechanisms  Section 1: Anthropological, Historical, and Socio-Psychological Perspectives  17. Power and Addiction  18. Sociology of Addiction  19. The Fuzzy Boundaries of Illegal Drug Markets and Why They Matter  20. Multiple Commitments: Heterogeneous Histories of Neuroscientific Addiction Research  Section 2: Developmental Processes, Vulnerabilities and Resilience  21. The Epidemiological Approach: An Overview of Methods and Models  22. A Genetic Framework For Addiction  23. Choice Impulsivity: A Drug-modifiable Personality Trait  24. Stress and Addiction  Section 3: Psychological and Neural Mechanisms  25. Mechanistic Models for Understanding Addiction as a Behavioral Disorder  26. Controlled and Automatic Learning Processes in Addiction  27. Decision-making Dysfunctions in Addiction  28. The Current Status of the Incentive Sensitization Theory of Addiction  29. Resting-state and Structural Brain Connectivity in Individuals with Stimulant Addiction: A Systematic Review  30. Imaging Dopamine Signaling in Addiction  31. The Neurobiology of the Placebo Effects of Addictive Drugs  32. Brain Mechanisms and the Disease Model of Addiction: Is it the Whole Story of the Addicted Self? A Philosophical-skeptical Perspective  Part 3: Consequences, Responses, and the Meaning of Addiction  Section 1: Listening and Relating to Addicts  33. The Outcasts Project: Humanizing Long-term Heroin Users Through Documentary Photography and Photo-elicitation  34. Our Stories, Our Knowledge: The Importance of Addicts Epistemic Authority in Treatment  35. Reactive Attitudes, Relationships, and Addiction  Section 2: Prevention, Treatment, and Spontaneous Recovery  36. Contingency Management Approaches  37. 12-step Fellowship and Recovery from Addiction  38. Opioid Substitution Treatment and Harm Minimization Approaches  39. Self-change: Genesis and Functions of a Concept  Section 3: Ethics, Law and Policy  40. Addiction: A Structural Problem of Modern Global Society  41. Don’t Be Fooled by the Euphemistic Language Attesting to a Gentler War on Drugs  42. Drug legalization and Public Health: General Issues, and the Case of Cannabis  43. Addiction and Drug (De)Criminalization  44. Criminal Law and Addiction  5. Addiction and Mandatory Treatment



    Hanna Pickard is Professor in Philosophy of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK, and a Visiting Research Scholar in the Program of Cognitive Science, Princeton University 2017-19.

    Serge H. Ahmed is a Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He currently works at the Centre Broca Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Bordeaux Neurocampus, Université de Bordeaux, France.

    "This unique collection brings together a multiplicity of potential answers to the problem of drug and behavioural malfunctioning and the wider societal setting which frame these issues. It is an extremely valuable resource for students, and its wide-ranging scope allows researchers to move beyond disciplinary boundaries and methods." - Hannah Farrimond, University of Exeter, UK

    "This Handbook is an exceptionally wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary collection of chapters on the general subject of addiction. The topics discussed are aptly multi-form, its contributions highly admirable, and editorial organization first-rate. It is an excellent compendium." - George Graham, author of The Disordered Mind (second edition 2013)