Spatial content of painful sensations

Mind and Language 36 (4):554-569 (2021)
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Philosophical considerations regarding experiential spatial content have focused on exteroceptive sensations presenting external entities, and not on interoceptive experiences that present states of our own body. A notable example is studies on interoceptive touch, in which it is argued that interoceptive tactile experiences have rich spatial content such that tactile sensations are experienced as located in a spatial field. This paper investigates whether a similarly rich spatial content can be attributed to experiences of acute, cutaneous pain. It is argued that such experiences of pain do not have field-like content, as they do not present distance relations between painful sensations.

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Błażej Skrzypulec
Jagiellonian University


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