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Addiction and Responsibility: An Inquiry into the Addictive Mind

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Who, if completely honest about it, can deny that there is something in one's own life to fit the description of addiction? For most of us, if not all, there is something to which we relate as though we cannot do without it. Instead of comparing our lives negatively with those of famous addicts, real or fictional, attentive to all the ways we are not like 'them,' we need t ...more
Kindle Edition, 217 pages
Published July 26th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Professor Seeburger's book is, by far, the best book on the phenomenon of addiction I have read. Seeburger is a philosopher working within the phenomenological tradition, and this approach helps him to "get inside" the addictive mind to explore the lure of addiction and its closeness to religious experience, albeit twisted in the case of addiction. His discussion of the levels of responsibility in addiction is nuanced but fair, allowing that there are times we do (and should) hold the addict res ...more
Lisa Powell
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good, clear read -- well composed with information, anecdote, and theories from others woven in to the author's own extended investigation.

As could be predicted, his description of the problem far outpaces his suggestions for solving it -- but that can't be helped, it's impressive that he tried, and there are useful ideas and concepts there.

Good for understanding the addictive pattern most of us take some part in, as well as drug and alcohol addictions.
Don Incognito
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
A laborious analysis of the psychology and philosophy of addiction. One of the most interesting books I have read this year.
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Francis (Frank) F. Seeburger is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver, where he taught from 1972 until his retirement in 2013.