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What Is Addiction?$
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Don Ross, Harold Kincaid, David Spurrett, and Peter Collins

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262513111

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262513111.001.0001

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Defining Addiction and Identifying the Public Interest in Liberal Democracies

Defining Addiction and Identifying the Public Interest in Liberal Democracies

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What Is Addiction?
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Peter Collins

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262513111.003.0017

This chapter is concerned with the philosophical foundations of public policy on addiction. It specifically concentrates on issues relating to the definition of addiction as they arise in political debates about what public policy should be in relation to addiction. The chapter focuses on the problem of formulating good public policy about addiction in liberal democracies rather than in autocracies, and shows that with respect to many (but not all) traditional vices, the democratic majority is undecided in relation to the regulation of vice. It also indicates that addiction arouses psychological fascination and moral horror, and suggests ways to further the understanding of addiction and develop good policy and practice for dealing with it.

Keywords:   public policy, addiction, liberal democracies, vice, political debates

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