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'A historical past of substances' info the heritage of the connection among medications and freedom during the last two hundred years; therefore traumatic and unravelling the 'naturalness' of the 'drug question', because it strains the a number of and heterogeneous strains of improvement out of which it's been assembled. creation : medications, freedom and liberalism -- A conceptual map : freedom, the "will" and habit -- Opium, legislation and classical liberalism : the drugstore act 1868 -- medicinal drugs, prohibition and welfarism : the harmful medicinal drugs act 1920 -- medications, chance and neo-liberalism : the medicine act 2005 -- medicinal drugs as a rules and governance challenge -- Conclusions : medicines and freedom within the liberal age

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A history of drugs : drugs and freedom in the liberal age

'A historical past of substances' information the background of the connection among medicines and freedom over the past two hundred years; therefore anxious and unravelling the 'naturalness' of the 'drug question', because it lines the a number of and heterogeneous strains of improvement out of which it's been assembled. creation : medicines, freedom and liberalism -- A conceptual map : freedom, the "will" and dependancy -- Opium, legislation and classical liberalism : the drugstore act 1868 -- medications, prohibition and welfarism : the harmful medicinal drugs act 1920 -- medicines, possibility and neo-liberalism : the medicine act 2005 -- medicines as a rules and governance challenge -- Conclusions : medicinal drugs and freedom within the liberal age

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In the previous chapter I outlined the broad argument about that relationship and its significance. Here, I will restrict myself to giving a few specific examples to illustrate in outline the nature of this series. The first example is from Jonathan Edwards’ treatise on Freedom of the Will. As Valverde (1998: 14–15) observes (see also Levine, 1978), he uses the example of habitual drunkenness in a number of places in order to develop his argument about the relationship between ‘will’ and ‘desire’: A drunkard who continues in his drunkenness, being under the power of a love, and violent appetite to strong drink and without any love to virtue; but being also extremely covetous and close, and very much exercised and grieved at the diminution of his estate, and prospect of poverty, may in a sort desire the virtue of temperance; and though his present will is to gratify his extravagant appetite, yet he may wish he had a heart to forbear future acts of intemperance … but still he goes on with his drunkenness; such a man has no proper, direct, sincere willingness to forsake this vice … for he acts voluntarily in continuing to drink to excess.

This will involve charting intersecting changes across different fields, rather than identifying any single determining ‘master change’. 1 Poisons Schedule from Pharmacy Act of 1868 PART 1 Arsenic and its Preparations Prussic Acid Cyanides of Potassium and all metallic Cyanides Strychnine and all poisonous vegetable Alkaloids and their Salts Aconite and its Preparations Emetic Tartar Corrosive Sublimate Cantharides Savin and its Oil Ergot of Rye and its Preparations PART 2 Oxalic Acid Chloroform Belladonna and its Preparations Essential Oil of Almonds unless deprived of its Prussic Acid Opium and all Preparations of Opium or of Poppies 38 A History of Drugs full or comprehensive historical picture, in the manner attempted by historians like Berridge, but instead seeks to open up some different and novel perspectives on this ‘event’.

As Garland (1985: 185–89) notes, in the realm of crime, this conflicted profoundly with the need to maintain the idea of free will, and hence responsibility, in order to justify legal punishment. The resolution of this conflict was achieved through the concept of ‘character’, an idea which involved a substantial refiguring of the ‘will’. The concept was based on a developmental logic, in which ‘character’ is shaped by the acquisition of habits and discipline as well as by environmental and genetic factors.

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