Pains and sounds

Journal of Consciousness Studies 18 (9-10):143-163 (2011)
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I argue that an analogy between pains and sounds suggests a way to give an objective account of pain which fits well with a naïve perceptualist account of feeling pain. According to the proposed metaphysical account, pains are relational physical events with shared qualitative nature, each of which is constituted by tissue damage and the activation of nociceptors. I proceed to show that the metaphysical proposal is compatible with platitudes about pains being animate, private, and self-intimating states.

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Ivan V. Ivanov
Sun Yat-Sen University


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