Pain, paradox and polysemy

Analysis 81 (3):461-470 (2021)
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Abstract

The paradox of pain refers to the idea that the folk concept of pain is paradoxical, treating pains as simultaneously mental states and bodily states. By taking a close look at our pain terms, this paper argues that there is no paradox of pain. The air of paradox dissolves once we recognize that pain terms are polysemous and that there are two separate but related concepts of pain rather than one.

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Michelle Liu
University of Hertfordshire

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