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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain

Edited by: Jennifer Corns

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138823181
eBook ISBN: 9781315742205
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The phenomenon of pain presents problems and puzzles for philosophers who want to understand its nature. Though pain might seem simple, there has been disagreement since Aristotle about whether pain is an emotion, sensation, perception, or disturbed state of the body. Despite advances in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, pain is still poorly understood and multiple theories of pain abound.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems, and debates in this exciting and interdisciplinary subject and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into nine clear parts:

  • Modeling pain in philosophy
  • Modeling pain in neuroscience
  • Modeling pain in psychology
  • Pain in philosophy of mind
  • Pain in epistemology
  • Pain in philosophy of religion
  • Pain in ethics
  • Pain in medicine
  • Pain in law

As well as fundamental topics in the philosophy of pain such as the nature, role, and value of pain, many other important topics are covered including the neurological pathways involved in pain processing; biopsychosocial and cognitive-behavioural models of pain; chronic pain; pain and non-human animals; pain and knowledge; controlled substances for pain; pain and placebo effects; and pain and physician-assisted suicide.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology and ethics. It will also be very useful to researchers of pain from any field, especially those in psychology, medicine, and health studies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  A brief and potted overview on the philosophical theories of pain Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Pain and representation Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Evaluativist accounts of pain’s unpleasantness Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Imperativism Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Fault lines in familiar concepts of pain Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Advances in the neuroscience of pain Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Neuromatrix theory of pain Download PDF
Chapter  8:  A neurobiological view of pain as a homeostatic emotion Download PDF
Chapter  9:  A view of pain based on sensations, meanings, and emotions Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Pathophysiological mechanisms of chronic pain Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Psychological models of pain Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Biopsychosocial models of pain Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Psychogenic pain Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Pain, voluntary action, and the sense of agency Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The lives of others Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Robot pain Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Pain and consciousness Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Pain Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Pain and rationality Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Pain and incorrigibility Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Can I see your pain? Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Pain and cognitive penetrability Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Sacred pain Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The role of pain in Buddhism Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Pain and the divine Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The problem of pain in the philosophy of religion Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Bad by nature Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Pain and torture Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Pain and education Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Pain and justified evaluative belief Download PDF
Chapter  31:  An introduction to the IASP’s definition of pain Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Philosophy and “placebo” analgesia Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Pain management Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Pain and the law Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Pain and controlled pain-relieving substances Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Fetal pain and the law Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Pain, mental suffering and physician-assisted death Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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