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Putting pain in its proper place


Reuter, Kevin; Sienhold, Michael; Sytsma, Justin (2019). Putting pain in its proper place. Analysis, 79(1):72-82.

Abstract

In a series of articles in this journal, Michael Tye (2002) and Paul Noordhof (2001, 2002) have sparred over the correct explanation of the putative invalidity of the following argument: the pain is in my fingertip; the fingertip is in my mouth; therefore, the pain is in my mouth. Whereas Tye explains the failure of the argument by stating that “pain “creates an intensional context, Noordhof maintains that the “in” in ‘the pain is in my fingertip’ is not spatial, but has state-attributing character. In this paper, we offer a third account, explaining the failure of the argument through state-attributing pragmatic implicatures. Empirical evidence is provided in support of this account.

Abstract

In a series of articles in this journal, Michael Tye (2002) and Paul Noordhof (2001, 2002) have sparred over the correct explanation of the putative invalidity of the following argument: the pain is in my fingertip; the fingertip is in my mouth; therefore, the pain is in my mouth. Whereas Tye explains the failure of the argument by stating that “pain “creates an intensional context, Noordhof maintains that the “in” in ‘the pain is in my fingertip’ is not spatial, but has state-attributing character. In this paper, we offer a third account, explaining the failure of the argument through state-attributing pragmatic implicatures. Empirical evidence is provided in support of this account.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Philosophy
Language:English
Date:1 January 2019
Deposited On:23 Oct 2019 13:49
Last Modified:23 Oct 2019 13:49
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0003-2638
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/analys/any030
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID100012_169484
  • : Project TitleThe Conceptual Space of the Affective Mind

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