Saturday, 3 April 2010

Addiction: should we penalise or treat? A public debate

If you are near Bristol and fancy hearing me speak in person I will be taking part in this event next week

What: Addiction: should we penalise or treat? A public debate

When: Thursday 8 April 2010, 18:30-20:00
Where: Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
Addiction: should we penalise or treat? is the topical subject of a free public debate organised by University of the West of England philosopher, Dr Havi Carel. The event will take place on Thursday 8 April 2010 from 18:30 to 20:00 at the Watershed in Bristol.

The public debate is one of the events funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the three year research project - The Concepts of Health, Illness and Disease. Project leader, Dr Carel explains, “This research project brings together researchers from diverse disciplines to develop an understanding of health, illness and disease. This is crucial to society as how we define illness can have ethical, social and economic consequences. Addiction is an emotive topic that clearly highlights these issues. One example is smoking - should the NHS pay for the treatment of nicotine addiction or are smokers just weak-willed? By drawing on the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of speakers, the audience will hear multiple approaches to the issue before being invited to join in the debate.”

The speakers are:
  • Dr Nick Airey, an NHS psychiatrist specialising in addiction
  • Dr Piers Benn, Medical ethics
  • John Moore, Criminology, UWE
  • Dr Giles Pearson, Philosophy, University of Bristol
  • Dr Jonathan Webber, Philosophy, Cardiff University
  • Chair: Dr Julian Baggini, Editor of The Philosopher's Magazine

This event is free of charge to the public and a large audience is expected. This event is free of charge but booking is essential, to book a place e-mail Dr Havi Carel -

Dr Carel concludes, “The event has attracted interest from clinicians, drug and addiction practitioners, and service users. It promises to be a lively debate and is a chance for the public to contribute to our research. We are planning to record the debate as a podcast on the project website, as well as on the AHRC website and The Philosopher's Magazine website.”

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