PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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The Possibility of Unfelt Pains

The standard view in philosophy and the sciences treats pains as mental states with a particular type of phenomenal character. This view has a number of corollaries, including that it is generally taken to rule out the existence of unfelt pains, since unfelt pains would lack phenomenal character. The main argument given in support of the standard view is that it supposedly corresponds with the commonsense conception of pain. In this paper we review recent evidence challenging this doctrine.

Author Information:

Justin Sytsma    
Philosophy Programme
Victoria University of Wellington

Kevin Reuter    


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