The Phenomenology of Pain

The Phenomenology of Pain

by Saulius Geniusas

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Overview

The Phenomenology of Pain is the first book-length investigation of its topic to appear in English. Groundbreaking, systematic, and illuminating, it opens a dialogue between phenomenology and such disciplines as cognitive science and cultural anthropology to argue that science alone cannot clarify the nature of pain experience without incorporating a phenomenological approach. Building on this premise, Saulius Geniusas develops a novel conception of pain grounded in phenomenological principles: pain is an aversive bodily feeling with a distinct experiential quality, which can only be given in original first-hand experience, either as a feeling-sensation or as an emotion.

Geniusas crystallizes the fundamental methodological principles that underlie phenomenological research. On the basis of those principles, he offers a phenomenological clarification of the fundamental structures of pain experience and contests the common conflation of phenomenology with introspectionism. Geniusas analyzes numerous pain dissociation syndromes, brings into focus the de-personalizing and re-personalizing nature of chronic pain experience, and demonstrates what role somatization and psychologization play in pain experience. In the process, he advances Husserlian phenomenology in a direction that is not explicitly worked out in Husserl’s own writings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821446942
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 02/21/2020
Series: Series In Continental Thought
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Saulius Geniusas is associate professor of philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research primarily focuses on phenomenology and hermeneutics. He is the author of The Origins of the Horizon in Husserl’s Phenomenology, editor of numerous volumes, and author of close to fifty articles for various philosophy journals and anthologies.

Table of Contents

Cover Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Methodological Considerations 2. Pain and Intentionality: A Stratified Conception 3. The Phenomenology of Pain Dissociation Syndromes 4. Pain and Temporality 5. The Body in Pain: Leib and Körper 6. The Phenomenology of Embodied Personhood: 7. Pain and the Life-World: Somatization and Psychologization Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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