Conceptual Challenges From Pathological Gambling

About the Course:

As a mental illness, pathological gambling has aspects that present us with several conceptual challenges. Ultimately, gambling pathologies can help illuminate the nature of the human mind, the concept of free will, and the logic of leisure. This course aims to explore some issues related to gambling that challenge our way of thinking about the world.


Journal of Gambling Issues

Publication Date:

Issue 14, September 2005


Nigel E. Turner

Nigel E. Turner is associated with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about pathological gambling. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain current concepts of addiction, illness, and free will.

  2. Discuss challenges related to the definition of gambling, the notion of responsibility, and concepts of jurisdiction and ownership.

  3. Identify challenges to notions of rationality and entertainment, the way we think about biology, and concepts of evolution.

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Course Number: 101342
Total Credit Hours: 1cr
Exam Fee: No Longer Available
Format: Online Article
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