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Addiction and Responsibility$
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Jeffrey Poland and George Graham

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015509

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015509.001.0001

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Addiction, Paradox, and the Good I Would

Addiction, Paradox, and the Good I Would

(p.247) 10 Addiction, Paradox, and the Good I Would
Addiction and Responsibility

Richard Garrett

The MIT Press

This chapter presents the author’s account of his own addiction and how the recognition of and the struggle with it provided a window that enabled him to see himself, others, and life itself with greater clarity, depth, and compassion. Addiction is unique to the individual, giving each addict a set of “addiction-fingerprints.” Like fingerprints, addictions have certain commonalities in their origins, patterns, and consequences. These commonalities are the main topic of discussion here. As with Immanuel Kant, who stated that it was David Hume who awakened him from his “dogmatic slumbers,” it is addiction which does this awakening in the case of the author. The course and nature of addiction are discussed by charting earlier parts of the author’s personal history of addiction, the personal costs of addiction, the paradoxical character of addiction, strategies for controlling addiction, and the wisdom gained from the struggle against addiction.

Keywords:   addiction, addiction-fingerprints, commonalities, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, dogmatic slumbers

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