The Myth of Pain - Philosophical Psychopathology (Paperback)
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The Myth of Pain - Philosophical Psychopathology (Paperback)

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Valerie Gray Hardcastle argues that both professional and lay definitions of pain are wrongheaded -- with consequences for how pain and pain patients are treated, how psychological disorders are understood, and how clinicians define the mind/body relationship.

Pain, although very common, is little understood. Worse still, according to Valerie Gray Hardcastle, both professional and lay definitions of pain are wrongheaded -- with consequences for how pain and pain patients are treated, how psychological disorders are understood, and how clinicians define the mind/body relationship.

Hardcastle offers a biologically based complex theory of pain processing, inhibition, and sensation and then uses this theory to make several arguments: (1) psychogenic pains do not exist; (2) a general lack of knowledge about fundamental brain function prevents us from distinguishing between mental and physical causes, although the distinction remains useful; (3) most pain talk should be eliminated from both the folk and academic communities; and (4) such a biological approach is useful generally for explaining disorders in pain processing. She shows how her analysis of pain can serve as a model for the analysis of other psychological disorders and suggests that her project be taken as a model for the philosophical analysis of disorders in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience.

Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780262582100
Number of pages: 314
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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"The field of pain has long needed a philosopher's voice. Now it has one." C. Richard Chapman , University of Washington "The field of pain has long needed a philosopher's voice. Now it hasone." C. Richard Chapman , University of Washington

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