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Levan Coffeehouse Conversation on Practical Ethics

My Body Made Me Do It!

Are medical conditions simply personality features that can be improved by personal effort?
Levan Coffeehouse Conversations on Practical Ethics:

My Body Made Me Do It!

Come share your opinions about ethical questions that matter. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students from every part of our USC community are encouraged to come to Ground Zero Café and talk about the ethical questions of the day. Free lunch and open dialogue.

Sadness is a medical condition. Addiction is a medical condition. Shyness is a medical condition. Lack of concentration, anxiety, fear, sleeplessness, hyperactivity—it’s as if to lead a successful life, we must first get a medical diagnosis, locate causal factors in toxins and chemical imbalance. Rather than problems to be medicated, are these conditions simply personality features that can be improved by personal effort? What remains of personal responsibility?