Aristotle’s Vocabulary of Pain

Philologus: Zeitschrift für Antike Literatur Und Ihre Rezeption 163 (1):47-71 (2019)
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Abstract

This paper examines Aristotle’s vocabulary of pain, that is the differences and relations of the concepts of pain expressed by synonyms in the same semantic field. It investigates what is particularly Aristotelian in the selection of the pain-words in comparison with earlier authors and specifies the special semantic scope of each word-cluster. The result not only aims to pin down the exact way these terms converge with and diverge from each other, but also serves as a basis for further understanding Aristotle’s philosophical conception of pain.

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Wei Cheng
Peking University

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