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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
Contributors
Introduction
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
Index