Thinking about Addiction: Hyperbolic Discounting and Responsible Agency

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Rodopi, 2009 - Philosophy - 129 pages
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What is addiction? Why do some people become addicted while others do not? Is the addict rational? In this book, Craig Hanson attempts to answer these questions and more. Using insights from the beginnings of philosophy to contemporary behavioral economics, Hanson attempts to assess the variety of ways in which we can and cannot, understand addiction. Special consideration is given to a challenging (and controversial) proposal dubbed “hyperbolic discounting.” Hanson proposes some modifications to the hyperbolic discounting view that permit it to explain not only addiction, but also a variety of psychological maladies, such as self-deception.
 

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George Ainslie's writing about hyperbolic discounting can be tracked nearly 20 years to the 1990s. Check out the development of his thought at www.PicoEconomics.org

Contents

TWO Addiction from the Behavioral Economists Point of View
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THREE Ainsliean Selves
31
FOUR SelfDeception
45
FIVE Toward the Rationality of Bundling
59
SIX Responsibility
75
SEVEN Responsibility in a Reductionist Model
95
WORKS CITED
115
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
121
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