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The Bad Habits of Setting Suns: The Art of My Addiction

In this paper I shed light upon the nature of compulsions in addictions through a treatment of addictions as bad habits, developed through John Dewey’s concept of habit. As bad habits, addictions disable choice and deliberation around its relevant activities, and the compulsivity of addictive behaviors is rooted in this phenomenon. This contributes to attempts to understand the problematic nature of an addiction for the addict, without demonizing the addict themselves or attributing their addiction to a normative or moral failure. As a result we can see that addictions themselves are warped and maladaptive versions of central aspects of our every day life: habits.

Donnie McMann
Southern Illinois University
United States


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