- Series: Philosophical Psychopathology
- Hardcover: 314 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (November 19, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262082837
- ISBN-13: 978-0262082839
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,799,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Myth of Pain (Philosophical Psychopathology) 1st Edition
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Valerie Gray Hardcastle is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
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The author argues that this folk understanding is wrong. Furthermore, mainstream scientific frameworks of pain implicitly adopt and build upon such folk conceptions. This too is wrongheaded. Instead, the author argues that pain is a complex biological phenomenon, that isn't a simple damage -> sensation mechanism. It is possible to feel pain without being distressed by it, as well as the converse. That most psychogenic pain is classified as such because current techniques can't detect physical anamolies. Also, the processing of pain is the result of an interaction between two distinct systems among others - the PSS(Pain Sensory System) and PIS(Pain Inhibitory System). Pain exists within context of overall neurophysiological activity, and the frameworks for pain analysis and treatment need to be aware of this fact.
I'm not qualified to critically examine this book, but the analysis is interesting and engaging.