Addiction, Powerlessness and 12 Step Programmes – 24th November 2017

Our Autumn 2017 workshop, ‘Addiction, Powerlessness and 12 Step Programmes’, took place at the University of Essex on Friday 24th November 2017.

Addiction is a paradigmatic case of powerlessness. Conversely, powerlessness and the acknowledgement of powerlessness are central to the twelve-step programs, as are references to faith, love and hope. Yet many balk at these programmes’ reliance on trust in a ‘higher power’ and more generally at the crypto-theology they seem to involve. In this workshop, we sought to understand the experiences of powerlessness involved in addiction, to explore the limits of the helpfulness of the twelve-step programs, and to see whether a secularised version would be workable.

Autonomy Summer School 2017

The Ethics of Powerlessness team took part in the 2017 Autonomy Summer School, delivering modules on the Phenomenology of Powerlessness and The Power to be Oneself on Friday 7th July.

Ethics of Powerlessness Study Day – St Helena Hospice

The Ethics of Powerlessness team ran a study day at St Helena Hospice on the 5th June 2017 from 10am to 4pm.