Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice
In this interdisciplinary work, Kent Dunnington brings the neglected resources of philosophical and theological analysis to bear on the problem of addiction. Drawing on the insights...more
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This statement may surprise, shock, or horrify perspective readers. I've heard things like this before. But rarely does a book actually deliver the necessary steps between a reader's pre-understanding and substantiating the author's claims. All the steps of the argument are at least here. This is actually a ...more
AA changed all of that. It popularized the terms "alcoholic" and "alcoholism" and gained widespread ...more
The thesis of Addiction and Virtue is profound. Put sim ...more
"Because recovery as conceived by A.A. is a technology of habit reformation, it demands vigilant attention to both the external and internal dimensions of sober action" (79).
"Addiction is a complex habit" (88).
"The scope of recovery is therefore radically extended within a Christian view of addiction. Indeed ‘recovery’ does not sufficiently name the Christian hope in the face of addiction. Instead the Christia ...more
He also shows that beyond this there is something else about addicti ...more
I must criticize two things: the scant detail he includes of scientific surveys to bolster his philosophical argument, and the theology throughout. His entire argument really hinges on those points; I can only assume by his intelligence elsewhere that the author purposefully neglected them. H ...more