Over recent decades, pain has received increasing attention as philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists try to answer deep and difficult questions about it. What is pain? What makes pain unpleasant? How is pain related to the emotions? This volume provides a rich and wide-ranging exploration of these questions and important new insights into the philosophy of pain. Divided into three clear sections – pain and motivation, pain and emotion, and deviant pain – the collection covers fundamental topics in the philosophy and psychology of pain. These include pain and sensory affect, the neuroscience of pain, pain and rationality, placebos, and pain and consciousness.
Philosophy of Pain: Unpleasantness, Emotion, and Deviance is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, cognitive and behavioral psychology, as well as those in health and medicine researching conceptual issues in pain.
Introduction David Bain, Michael Brady, and Jennifer Corns
Part I: Pain, unpleasantness, and motivation
1. Imperativism and pain intensity Colin Klein and Manolo Martínez
2. Pain and theories of sensory affect Murat Aydede and Matthew Fulkerson
3. A neuroscience perspective on pleasure and pain Dan-Mikael Ellingson, Morten Kringlebach, and Siri Leknes
Part II: Pain and emotion
4. The rationality of emotional and physical suffering Michael Brady
5. The placebo effect Jennifer Corns
6. What is the affective component of pain? Jesse Prinz
Part III: Deviant pain
7. The unpleasantness of pain for humans and other animals Adam Shriver
8. When is a pain not a pain? The challenge of disorders of consciousness Valerie Gray Hardcastle
9. The first-person in pain Frédérique de Vignemont.