Unpleasantness, motivational oomph, and painfulness

Corns, J. (2014) Unpleasantness, motivational oomph, and painfulness. Mind and Language, 29(2), pp. 238-254. (doi: 10.1111/mila.12048)

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Painful pains are, paradigmatically, unpleasant and motivating. The dominant view amongst philosophers and pain scientists is that these two features are essentially related and sufficient for painfulness. In this article, I first offer scientifically informed characterizations of both unpleasantness and motivational <i>oomph</i> and argue against other extant accounts. I then draw on folk-characterized cases and current neurobiological and neurobehavioral evidence to argue that both dominant positions are mistaken. Unpleasantness and motivational <i>oomph</i> doubly dissociate and, even taken together, are insufficient for painfulness.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Corns, Dr Jennifer
Authors: Corns, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Mind and Language
ISSN (Online):1468-0017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Wiley
First Published:First published in Mind and Language 29(2):238-254
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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