Candice Shelby Ph.D, a longtime LifeRing convenor in Denver and presenter/speaker at numerous LifeRing conferences over the years, has published a new textbook, “Addiction: A Philosophical Perspective”.
In addition to being the author of this blog’s most commented upon post, “Addicts are NOT Powerless“ from January 2011 (apparently there’s been…disagreement from some readers about what that statements means), Shelby is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Denver and has been studying addiction from a philosophical perspective for several years.
As mentioned, she has given presentations at past LifeRing Annual Meetings in Denver, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa. She has also taught seminars in the Philosophy of Addiction and has presented papers nationally and internationally. This Spring, she will travel to Italy and China to teach classes on the Philosophy of Addiction.
Shelby’s theory of addiction is unique because it does not reduce it to either a moral or a medical interpretation, but incorporates many perspectives, including the sociological, the scientific and the personal. Her book celebrates secular paths to recovery without disparaging the more religious approaches. It has received enthusiastic reviews by other philosophers who specialize in the study of addiction.
Needless to say, those of us* who know Candice are delighted at the publication of her book and are looking forward to the next one!
To read more about or purchase a copy of Shelby’s book, please visit her book page here on Amazon.
*Thanks to Kathleen Gargan, LifeRing Denver convenor and Board of Directors member, for the bulk of this post’s text and giving us the head’s up about the book!