GREEN PAPER – Addiction as Powerlessness? Choice, Compulsion, and 12-Step Programmes

AddictionGreenPaper

In this Green Paper we shall provide an overview of the difficulties involved not only in responding effectively to addiction but in understanding the nature of the condition. In particular, we shall focus our attention on a major question in the literature: to what extent, if at all, are addicts disempowered by their addiction?

End-of-life care and the search for a new ethical approach: Essex researchers call for an “ethics of powerlessness”

Ethics of Powerlessness Research Team

Our friends, family and the professionals looking after us in the most difficult circumstances can also often find themselves helpless to improve the situation. Philosophers at the University of Essex are now looking to understand experiences of powerlessness by working with academics and healthcare professionals including staff at St Helena Hospice in Colchester.