Pain and consciousness

Authored by: David Pereplyotchik

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain

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

Print ISBN: 9781138823181
eBook ISBN: 9781315742205
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315742205.ch17

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Abstract

A useful taxonomy of personal-level mental properties will include qualitative character, conceptual content, and affective valence. Qualitative character is the distinctive feature of sensations – the mental property in virtue of which they facilitate a creature’s ability to discriminate between perceptible properties, such as odors, sounds, textures, and bodily conditions (Clark 1993). The qualitative properties of sensations are intimately related to the conceptual contents of the perceptual judgments that they elicit; a sensation of red will typically give rise to a perceptual judgment that deploys the concept red. Finally, it is commonly agreed that the distinctive feature of emotions is their affective valence, which is associated in various ways with both evaluative judgment and motivational force (Barrett 2006; Lerner and Keltner 2000).

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