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Jan 17
15:00 - 17:00
Pain in Psychology, Biology and Medicine Implications for Eliminativist and Physicalist Accounts
Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture
Dr Tudor Baetu (University of Bristol)

Abstract: An analysis of arguments for pain eliminativism reveals two significant pointsof divergence between assumptions underlying scientific research on pain andassumptions typically endorsed by physicalist accounts. The first concerns the status of the term 'pain', which is an operationalized description of a phenomenon, rather than an explanatory construct. The second concerns an explicit cause-effect model according to which pain is produced by neural mechanisms and causally determined by a variety of biological, psychological and social factors, as opposed to an identity model according to which pain is a physical structure, process or mechanism. These discrepancies undermine eliminativism, rendering it untenable from the standpoint of contemporary scientific research. More generally, they also hinder attempts to integrate scientific findings under the conceptual frameworks of physicalism.


Seminar Room 13,
Keynes College,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to all,

Contact: Dr Alexandra Couto


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