The Complex Reality of Pain

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Routledge, Jan 16, 2020 - Philosophy - 230 pages

This book employs contemporary philosophy, scientific research, and clinical reports to argue that pain, though real, is not an appropriate object of scientific generalisations or an appropriate target for medical intervention. Each pain experience is instead complex and idiosyncratic in a way which undermines scientific utility. In addition to contributing novel arguments and developing a novel position on the nature of pain, the book provides an interdisciplinary overview of dominant models of pain. The author lays the needed groundwork for improved models and targeted treatments at a time when pain science, pain medicine, and philosophy are explicitly searching for both and failing to find them. The Complex Reality of Pain will be of interest to a broad range of researchers and students, including those working in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, cognitive science, neuroscience, medicine, health, cognitive and behavioural psychology, and pain science.



Pain in Life Science and Medicine
Rejecting the Orthodoxy of Simplicity
How Complex Idiosyncrasy Undermines Them
How Complex Idiosyncrasy Undermines Scientific Utility
Why Pain Is Still Real
Living with the Complex Reality of Pain

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Jennifer Corns is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, UK. Her research focuses on pain, affect, suffering, and death. She is the editor of The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain (Routledge, 2017), and co-editor of Philosophy of Pain: Unpleasantness, Emotion, and Deviance (Routledge, 2018) and Philosophy of Suffering: Metaphysics, Value, and Normativity (Routledge, forthcoming).

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