Feeling Pain and Being in Pain / Edition 2

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Overview

In Feeling Pain and Being in Pain, Nikola Grahek examines two of the most radical dissociation syndromes to be found in human pain experience: pain without painfulness and painfulness without pain. Grahek shows that these two syndromes — the complete dissociation of the sensory dimension of pain from its affective, cognitive, and behavioral components, and its opposite, the dissociation of pain's affective components from its sensory-discriminative components (inconceivable to most of us but documented by ample clinical evidence) — have much to teach us about the true nature and structure of human pain experience.

Grahek explains the crucial distinction between feeling pain and being in pain,defending it on both conceptual and empirical grounds. He argues that the two dissociative syndromes reveal the complexity of the human pain experience: its major components, the role they play in overall pain experience, the way they work together, and the basic neural structures and mechanisms that subserve them. Feeling Pain and Being in Pain does not offer another philosophical theory of pain that conclusively supports or definitively refutes either subjectivist or objectivist assumptions in the philosophy of mind. Instead, Grahek calls for a less doctrinaire and more balanced approach to the study of mind—brain phenomena.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262517324
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/20/2012
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 198
  • Sales rank: 1,443,179
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Nikola Grahek was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade. From 1994 to1995, he was Research Assistant to Daniel Dennett at the Center for Cognitive Studies at TuftsUniversity.

Daniel C. Dennett is University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy atTufts University. He is the author of Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness (MIT Press) and other books.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Foreword   Daniel Dennett     xi
Introduction     1
The Biological Function and Importance of Pain     7
Dissociation Phenomena in Human Pain Experience     29
Pain Asymbolia     41
How Is Pain without Painfulness Possible?     51
Conceptual and Theoretical Implications of Pain Asymbolia     73
Pain Quality and Painfulness without Pain     95
C-Fibers and All That     141
References     167
Index     175
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