Toward a Phenomenology of Addiction: Embodiment, Technology, Transcendence

  • Frank Schalow

Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 93)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Origins of the Addiction Crisis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Frank Schalow
      Pages 3-23
    3. Frank Schalow
      Pages 69-87
    4. Frank Schalow
      Pages 89-113
  3. From Pathos to Healing: Transcendence and a New Life-Trajectory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 179-191

About this book


This book addresses an epidemic that has developed on a global scale, and, which under the heading of “addiction,” presents a new narrative about the travails of the human predicament. The book introduces phenomenological motifs, such as desire, embodiment, and temporality, to uncover the existential roots of addiction, and develops Martin Heidegger’s insights into technology to uncover the challenge of becoming a self within the impulsiveness and depersonalization of our digital age. 

By charting a new path of philosophical inquiry, the book allows a pervasive, cultural phenomenon, ordinarily reserved to psychology, to speak as a referendum about the danger which technology poses to us on a daily basis. In this regard, addiction ceases to be merely a clinical malady, and instead becomes a “signpost” to exposing a hidden danger posed by the assimilation of our culture within a technological framework.


Addictive Practices and Dissociative Personality Authenticity and Ownedness Fetish-like Attraction and Compulsion Globalization and Commodification Hermeneutic Phenomenology Martin Heidegger Selfhood and Self-Identity Technology and Machination Temporality and Time-space Twelve Step Program and Bill Wilson

Authors and affiliations

  • Frank Schalow
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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