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PAIN AS A SENSORY QUALITY

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276905
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276900.003.0002
 							PAIN AS A SENSORY QUALITY

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The book starts by examining sensations of pain and pleasure because of their importance for hedonism. The main claim of this chapter is that the painfulness of a bodily sensation consists in its having an indefinable, sensory quality of painfulness. This quality is supervenient upon other qualities of the sensation in a sense defined. The view that a sensation being one of pain consists in its being the object of a negative reaction of dislike is rejected.

Keywords: bodily sensation; dislike; hedonism; pain; supervenience

Chapter.  6716 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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