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Sebastian Östlund: Beroenden och välfärd

Tid Onsdag 24 november, 2021 kl. 13:15 - 15:00
Plats HD108

Högre seminariet i filosofi bjuder in till seminarium med Sebastian Östlund Seminariet har den engelska titeln "Addictions and Well-Being".

Abstract (på engelska):

The badness of addiction is typically attributed to failures of rationality or willingness to respond to prudential reasons for abstention. These are instrumental analyses of addiction since its badness is exclusively derived from negative effects and lost benefits. In this presentation, I argue that instrumental analyses of addiction are incomplete. Then I offer an analysis of the harmfulness of addiction in terms of genuine opportunities. The argument runs as follows. Instrumental analyses cover some paradigmatic cases of addiction but face recalcitrant counterexamples. The reason is that the instrumental analyses focus too restrictively on people’s rationality or will. They thereby fail to capture some circumstances that can rationally, or in congruence with people’s will, motivate perpetuation of addiction. Consequently, an alternative analysis is needed. I propose an alternative in terms of capabilities to be or do valuable things, for which rationality and will are non-exhaustive preconditions, that covers the relevant cases.

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