Addiction and Compulsion

Neil Levy

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Philosophy of Action
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781405187350
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Addiction and compulsion
  • Addiction, in its clinically significant form-characterized by loss of control over reward-seeking behavior
  • Addicts, typically lacking motivational resources-to resist temptation to consume
  • Ego-depletion hypothesis, self-control-called ego strength, a deplatable resource
  • Ego-depletion leading to alteration in agent's 'all-things-considered' judgment, how it is best to act
  • Empirical evidence, supporting the view that continued resistance is motivationally open to agent
  • Folk-psychological understanding of compulsion-agent compelled to perform an action by an irresistible desire
  • Good evidence that ego-depletion-involves a reduction of self-control resources
  • Idea that addicts are (folk-psychologically)-compelled to take their drugs

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