Why take painkillers?

Bain, D. (2019) Why take painkillers? Noûs, 53(2), pp. 462-490. (doi:10.1111/nous.12228)

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Abstract

Accounts of the nature of unpleasant pain have proliferated over the past decade, but there has been little systematic investigation of which of them can accommodate its badness. This paper is such a study. In its sights are two targets: those who deny the non-instrumental disvalue of pain's unpleasantness; and those who allow it but deny that it can be accommodated by the view—advanced by me and others—that unpleasant pains are interoceptive experiences with evaluative content. Against the former, I argue that pain's unpleasantness does indeed have noninstrumental disvalue; against the latter I argue both that my critics’ own desire-theoretic accounts of pain's unpleasantness cannot accommodate such disvalue, and that my evaluativist view can—either by appealing to “anti-unpleasantness” desires or by exploiting pain's perceptuality.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bain, Dr David
Authors: Bain, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Noûs
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0029-4624
ISSN (Online):1468-0068
Published Online:19 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
First Published:First published in Noûs 53(2):462-490
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
621831The value of suffering: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Nature, Meaning, and Role of Affective ExperienceDavid BainThe John Templeton Foundation (JTF)44167HU - PHILOSOPHY