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Getting Hooked Rationality and Addiction

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ISBN-10: 0521038790

ISBN-13: 9780521038799

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jon Elster, Ole-J�rgen Skog

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The essays in this volume offer the most thorough and up-to-date discussion available of the relationship between addiction and rationality. This is the only book-length treatment of the subject and includes contributions from philosophers, psychiatrists, neurobiologists, sociologists, and economists. The volume offers an up-to-date exposition of the neurophysiology of addiction, a critical examination of the Becker theory of rational addiction, an argument for a "visceral theory of addiction," a discussion of compulsive gambling as a form of addiction, several discussions of George Ainslie's theory of hyperbolic discounting, analyses of social causes and policy implications, and an investigation of the problem of relapse.
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Book details

List price: $63.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

Jon Elster is Professor of Rationalit� et sciences sociales at College de France, and Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University. He is author of Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective .

Preface and acknowledgements
Addiction and social interaction
Addiction, weakness of the will, and relapse
The dangers of willpower
The neurobiology of chemical addiction
To legalize or not to legalize: is that the question?
Rationality, irrationality and addiction - notes on Becker's and Murphy's theory of addiction
Gambling and addiction
A visceral account of addiction
Epilogue: rationally coping with lapses from rationality