Addictive Desires and Reasons-Responsiveness

Federico Burdman
University of the Andes
In this paper, I look into one of the particular ways in which decreased reasons-responsiveness in addiction may come about, by focusing on certain anomalous features of addictive desires. The account I offer centers on two prominent features of these desires: the recalcitrance of standing or long-term dispositional addictive desires to use drugs in the face of contrary considerations, and the recurrent, intrusive nature of episodes of occurrently wanting to use drugs that addicted agents experience. Both the recalcitrance and the recurrency of addictive desires, I submit, contribute to decrease in control in addiction by inclining action-selection processes towards drug-using outcomes in a way that results in an overall less reasons-responsive pattern of behavior. While the presence of desires with these features is not the only way in which decreased reasons-responsiveness may be instantiated, the picture of addictive agency they give rise to helps us get a firmer grip on how control may be diminished in addiction.
Keywords addiction  desire  addictive desire  reasons-responsiveness
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