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Author Westin, Anna, author
Title An existential phenomenology of addiction / Anna Westin
Imprint London ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2020
book jacket
 Chinese Lit.&Phi. Lib.  143.67 W529    AVAILABLE    30580003514143
Descript 241 pages ; 24 cm
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Note "Existential phenomenology can be a particularly helpful philosophical method for understanding human experience. Starting from the perspective of the subject, it can clarify and problematize subtle everyday relations, enabling greater insight into difficult situations. Used by contemporary philosophers as a way of understanding the embodied experience of illness, this method has been helpful for understanding physical illness in the medical humanities, offering a fruitful way of reading the subjectivity of mental states. An Existential Phenomenology of Addiction examines how the experience of addiction engages both mental and physical phenomena within the existence of a particular human life, using the philosophy of Emmanuel Lévinas and Søren Kierkegaard. The book maps out an existential phenomenology of subject-in-relation. Both Lévinas and Kierkegaard use decidedly psychological and theological language to situate their philosophy, discussing the subject through concepts of love, otherness, responsibility and hope, while played out in a situation of anxiety, suffering, desire and revelation. Combining existential phenomenological discourse with contemporary addiction discourse, Westin argues that the concept of subject as 'addict', as found in the Twelve Steps Program and disease models of addiction, ought to be replaced with the free and relational identity of subject as 'addicted'."-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-236) and index
Existing discourses on addiction -- The phenomenology of Lévinas: religion, relation and desire -- Lévinas: the hopeful relation preceding freedom -- The existentialism of Kierkegaard: hopeful experience and entangled freedom -- Kierkegaard: relating to the other as love -- Lévinas and Kierkegaard: hope and love in relational subjectivity -- A hopeful dialoge of addiction: Lévinas, Kierkegaard and the Twelve Steps
Subject Substance abuse -- Philosophy
Compulsive behavior -- Philosophy
Existential phenomenology
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