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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction

1st Edition

Edited by Hanna Pickard, Serge H Ahmed


580 pages

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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.


"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)

Table of Contents

Introduction Hanna Pickard and Serge H. Ahmed 


Section 1: Conceptions of Addiction

1. The Puzzle of Addiction Hanna Pickard

2. Deriving Addiction: An Analysis Based on Three Elementary Features of Making Choices Gene M. Heyman

3. The Picoeconomics of Addiction George Ainslie

4. Addiction as a Disorder of Self-control Edmund Henden

5. Addiction: The Belief Oscillation Hypothesis Neil Levy

6. Addiction and Moral Psychology Chandra Sripada and Peter Railton

7. Identity and Addiction Owen Flanagan

8. The Harmful Dysfunction Analysis of Addiction: Normal Brains and Abnormal States of Mind Jerome C. Wakefield

9. The Evolutionary Significance of Drug Toxicity over Reward Edward H. Hagen and Roger J. Sullivan

Section 2: Varieties, Taxonomies, and Models of Addiction

10. Defining Addiction: A Pragmatic Perspective Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Jesse S. Summers

11. Diagnosis of Addictions Marc Auriacombe, Fuschia Serre, Cécile Denis, Mélina Fatséas

12. Reconsidering Addiction as a Syndrome: One Disorder with Multiple Expressions Paige M. Shaffer and Howard J. Shaffer

13. Developing General Models and Theories of Addiction Robert West, Simon Christmas, Janna Hastings, and Susan Michie

14. Gambling Disorder Seth W. Whiting, Rani A. Hoff, and Marc N. Potenza

15. Food Addiction Ashley Gearhardt, Michelle Joyner, and Erica Schulte

16. "A Walk On the Wild Side" of Addiction: The History and Significance of Animal Models Serge H. Ahmed


Section 1: Anthropological, Historical, and Socio-Psychological Perspectives

17. Power and Addiction Jim Orford

18. Sociology of Addiction Richard Hammersley

19. The Fuzzy Boundaries of Illegal Drug Markets and Why They Matter Lee D. Hoffer

20. Multiple Commitments: Heterogeneous Histories of Neuroscientific Addiction Research Nancy D. Campbell

Section 2: Developmental Processes, Vulnerabilities and Resilience

21. The Epidemiological Approach: An Overview of Methods and Models James C. Anthony

22. A Genetic Framework For Addiction Philip Gorwood, Yann Le Strat, and Nicolas Ramoz

23. Choice Impulsivity: A Drug-modifiable Personality Trait Annabelle M. Belcher, Carl W. Lejuez, F. Gerald Moeller, Nora D. Volkow and Sergi Ferré

24. Stress and Addiction Rajita Sinha

Section 3: Psychological and Neural Mechanisms

25. Mechanistic Models for Understanding Addiction as a Behavioral Disorder Dominic Murphy and Gemma Lucy Smart

26. Controlled and Automatic Learning Processes in Addiction Lee Hogarth

27. Decision-making Dysfunctions in Addiction Antonio Verdejo-Garcia

28. The Current Status of the Incentive Sensitization Theory of Addiction Mike J.F. Robinson, Terry E. Robinson, and Kent C. Berridge

29. Resting-state and Structural Brain Connectivity in Individuals with Stimulant Addiction: A Systematic Review Anna Zilverstand, Rafael O’Halloran, and Rita Z. Goldstein

30. Imaging Dopamine Signaling in Addiction Diana Martinez and Felipe Castillo

31. The Neurobiology of the Placebo Effects of Addictive Drugs Elisa Frisaldi, Diletta Barbiani, and Fabrizio Benedetti

32. Brain Mechanisms and the Disease Model of Addiction: Is it the Whole Story of the Addicted Self? A Philosophical-skeptical Perspective Şerife Tekin


Section 1: Listening and Relating to Addicts

33. The Outcasts Project: Humanizing Long-term Heroin Users Through Documentary Photography and Photo-elicitation Aaron Goodman

34. Our Stories, Our Knowledge: The Importance of Addicts Epistemic Authority in Treatment Peg O’Connor

35. Reactive Attitudes, Relationships, and Addiction Jeanette Kennett, Doug McConnell, and Anke Snoek

Section 2: Prevention, Treatment, and Spontaneous Recovery

36. Contingency Management Approaches Kristyn Zajac, Sheila M. Alessi, and Nancy M. Petry

37. 12-step Fellowship and Recovery from Addiction John F. Kelly and Julie V. Cristello

38. Opioid Substitution Treatment and Harm Minimization Approaches Mark K. Greenwald

39. Self-change: Genesis and Functions of a Concept Harald Klingemann and Justyna I. Klingemann

Section 3: Ethics, Law and Policy

40. Addiction: A Structural Problem of Modern Global Society Bruce K. Alexander

41. Don’t Be Fooled by the Euphemistic Language Attesting to a Gentler War on Drugs Carl L. Hart

42. Drug legalization and Public Health: General Issues, and the Case of Cannabis Robin Room

43. Addiction and Drug (De)Criminalization Doug Husak

44. Criminal Law and Addiction Steven J. Morse

45. Addiction and Mandatory Treatment Steve Matthews.


About the Editors

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.

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