MAKING A CLEAN BREAK: ADDICTION AND ULYSSES CONTRACTS

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  • CHRISOULA ANDREOU

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    1. Department of Philosophy, University of Utah
      Chrisoula Andreou, Department of Philosophy, University of Utah, 260 S. Central Campus Dr., Rm. 345, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. andreou@philosophy.utah.edu
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Chrisoula Andreou, Department of Philosophy, University of Utah, 260 S. Central Campus Dr., Rm. 345, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. andreou@philosophy.utah.edu

ABSTRACT

I examine current models of self-destructive addictive behaviour, and argue that there is an important place for Ulysses contracts in coping with addictive behaviour that stems from certain problematic preference structures. Given the relevant preference structures, interference based on a Ulysses contract need not involve questionably favouring an agent's past preferences over her current preferences, but can actually be justified in terms of the agent's current concerns and commitments.

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