An Integral Ontology of Addiction: A Multiple Object as a Continuum of Ontological Complexity

Journal of Integral Theory and Practice | June 2014 | 9(1) | 38–54

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Guy Du Plessis

Utah State University - College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; California Southern University

Date Written: June 1, 2014

Abstract

In previous work I explored how Integral Theory can be applied as a metatheoretical and transdisciplinary framework, in an attempt to arrive at an integrally informed metatheory of addiction. There was an overemphasis on Integral Methodological Pluralism in that thread of research, without clarifying the ontological pluralism of addiction as a multiple object enacted by various methodologies. To arrive at a comprehensive integral metatheory and integral ontology of addiction, I believe it is necessary to include the conception of Integral Pluralism and Integral Enactment Theory as posited by Sean Esbjörn-Hargens. Integral Enactment Theory highlights the phenomenon of addiction as a multiple and dynamic object arising along a continuum of ontological complexity; it adeptly points out how etiological models “co-arise” in relation to methodology (methodological pluralism) to enact a particular reality of addiction (ontological pluralism) while being mediated by the worldview of the subject (epistemological pluralism) applying the method. This article briefly explores the significance of including Integral Pluralism and Integral Enactment Theory in the quest of an integral metatheory and integral ontology of addiction.

Keywords: addiction, ontology, Integral Pluralism, etiology

Suggested Citation

Du Plessis, Guy, An Integral Ontology of Addiction: A Multiple Object as a Continuum of Ontological Complexity (June 1, 2014). Journal of Integral Theory and Practice | June 2014 | 9(1) | 38–54. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2912154

Guy Du Plessis (Contact Author)

Utah State University - College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences ( email )

Logan, UT
United States

California Southern University ( email )

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