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The Retreat of ReasonA dilemma in the philosophy of life$
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Ingmar Persson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276900.001.0001

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PAIN AS A SENSORY QUALITY

PAIN AS A SENSORY QUALITY

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(p.17) 1 PAIN AS A SENSORY QUALITY
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The Retreat of Reason
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199276900.003.0002

The book starts by examining sensations of pain and pleasure because of their importance for hedonism. The main claim of this chapter is that the painfulness of a bodily sensation consists in its having an indefinable, sensory quality of painfulness. This quality is supervenient upon other qualities of the sensation in a sense defined. The view that a sensation being one of pain consists in its being the object of a negative reaction of dislike is rejected.

Keywords:   bodily sensation, dislike, hedonism, pain, supervenience

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