Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice

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InterVarsity Press, Jul 26, 2011 - Psychology - 197 pages
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What is the nature of addiction? Neither of the two dominant models (disease or choice) adequately accounts for the experience of those who are addicted or of those who are seeking to help them. In this interdisciplinary work, Kent Dunnington brings the neglected resources of philosophical and theological analysis to bear on the problem of addiction. Drawing on the insights of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, he formulates an alternative to the usual reductionistic models. Going further, Dunnington maintains that addiction is not just a problem facing individuals. Its pervasiveness sheds prophetic light on our cultural moment. Moving beyond issues of individual treatment, this groundbreaking study also outlines significant implications for ministry within the local church context.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Science Philosophy and Theology
15
Resources in Aristotle
31
Resources in Aquinas
57
Sensory Pleasures
83
The Addict as Unwitting Prophet
99
Testing an Ancient Doctrine 125 sins sin and original sin
127
Caritas and Its Counterfeits
141
The Gospel and
169
index
195
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About the author (2011)

Kent Dunnington is assistant professor of philosophy, Greenville College. He holds the Ph.D. in philosophy from Texas A&M, and an M.T.S. in theology from Duke University.

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