Monique Wonderly (Princeton and UCSD). "Attachment and Felt Necessity: Engaging with Value in Love and Addiction.” Free and open to all. Reception follows.
Abstract: "Philosophers have employed two different varieties of felt necessity to explain central aspects of agency in addiction and love, respectively. In the case of addiction, the relevant felt need is often described in terms of an appetite, whereas love is characterized by necessities arising from a particular kind of caring. On my view, the extant literature offers an instructive, but incomplete picture of the roles of felt necessity in addiction and love. I argue that a third form of felt necessity – attachment necessity – often better captures central aspects of agency in love and addiction. Recognizing the role of attachment necessity will not only illuminate how felt necessity can impact the value of certain relationships, but it will also allow us to discern important features of addiction and love that remain obscured on extant approaches."
Monique Wonderly is the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics at Princeton University's Center for Human Values. She specializes in theoretical and applied ethics, moral psychology, and philosophy of emotion. Broadly speaking, she is interested in puzzles at the intersection of ethics and human emotion. She has published in the areas of philosophy of emotion, applied ethics, and history of philosophy. Her research at Princeton focuses on how certain pathologies of attachment can inform questions concerning moral agency and biomedical policy.
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