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Getting Out of Your Head: Addiction and the Motive of Self-Escape

Morgan, D; O'Brien, L; (2016) Getting Out of Your Head: Addiction and the Motive of Self-Escape. Mind & Language , 31 (3) pp. 314-334. 10.1111/mila.12108. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores and defends the claim that addictive desires—for alcohol in particular—are partly explained by the motive of self-escape. We consider how this claim sits with the neurophysiological explanation of the strength of addictive desires in terms of the effect addictive substances have on the dopamine system. We argue that nothing in the neuroscientific framework rules out pluralism about the causes of addictive desire.

Type: Article
Title: Getting Out of Your Head: Addiction and the Motive of Self-Escape
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/mila.12108
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mila.12108
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Morgan, D. and O'Brien, L. (2016), Getting Out of Your Head: Addiction and the Motive of Self-Escape. Mind & Language, 31: 314–334, which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/mila.12108. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1505309
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