in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Philosophy Forum: Simply Irresistible: Addiction, Responsibility, and Irresistible Desires

Dr. Marcela Herdova

Florida State University

April 9th from 4:00-5:30 in Bryant Hall Room 209

“Simply Irresistible: Addiction, Responsibility, and Irresistible Desires”


“In this paper I set out to investigate the claim that addicts lack sufficient control over their drug-taking and are thus not morally responsible for it. More specifically, I evaluate what I call the Simply Irresistible Argument, which proceeds from the claim that addictive desires are irresistible to the conclusion that addicts are not responsible for acting on such desires. I first propose that we have to disambiguate the notion of an irresistible desire according to temporal criteria, and revise the original argument accordingly in two different ways; one involving proximally irresistible desires and one involving permanently irresistible desires. I propose that both versions of the Simply Irresistible Argument fail, and, as a result, that considerations about irresistible desires and control cannot extricate addicts from responsibility for their drug-taking.”


The format of this event will be a workshop of Dr. Herdova’s paper.  Requests for an advance copy of the paper can be directed to Dr. Donovan Wishon (  More information about future UM Philosophy Forum events can be found on the department calendar at