What makes pain unique? : a critique of representationalism about pain in service of perceptualism

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dc.contributor.author Park, Andrew Erich
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-02T21:12:31Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-02T21:12:31Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014-09-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5647
dc.description.abstract The goal of this thesis is to defend non-representationalist perceptualism about pain against the challenges brought to it by Murat Aydede. These challenges are intended to apply to both a strong version of representationalism and general perceptualism about pain, however I maintain that they are less effective when aimed at the latter. In the interest of pulling apart these two views, I suggest that a more comprehensive theory of introspection than what is currently being used in the debate should be given. This thesis is an attempt to put forward such a view in service of the perceptual theorist. Once an alternative theory of introspection is given, several of the challenges that target perceptualism are avoided. Additionally I argue that the version of representationalism developed by Michael Tye is undermined by his explanation of pain’s negative affect. Consequently, I claim that one need not endorse representationalist commitments in order to maintain the attractive tenets of perceptualism. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Pain en_US
dc.subject perception en_US
dc.subject representationalism en_US
dc.subject perceptualism en_US
dc.subject introspection en_US
dc.subject affect en_US
dc.title What makes pain unique? : a critique of representationalism about pain in service of perceptualism en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Rysiew, Patrick William
dc.degree.department Department of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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