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Psychopathology and the ability to do otherwise

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When philosophers want an example of a person who lacks the ability to do otherwise, they turn to psychopathology. Addicts, agoraphobics, kleptomaniacs, neurotics, obsessives, and even psychopathic serial murderers, are all purportedly subject to irresistible desires that compel the person to act: no alternative possibility is supposed to exist. I argue that this conception of psychopathology is false and offer an empirically and clinically informed understanding of disorders of agency which ...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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10.1111/phpr.12025

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University of Oxford
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Oxford, HUM, Philosophy, Philosophy NonPostholders
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Pickard, H
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Journal website
Volume:
90
Issue:
1
Pages:
135–163
Publication date:
2015-01-01
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EISSN:
1933-1592
ISSN:
0031-8205
URN:
uuid:4f8e1f7c-3e89-4d01-b1c7-8cdfa5da8d0b
Source identifiers:
312242
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pubs:312242
Language:
English

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