What The Body Commands: The Imperative Theory Of Pain by Colin KleinWhat The Body Commands: The Imperative Theory Of Pain by Colin Klein

What The Body Commands: The Imperative Theory Of Pain

byColin Klein

Hardcover | July 31, 2015

Pricing and Purchase Info

$49.75 online 
$54.95 list price
Earn 249 plum® points

Out of stock online

Not available in stores

about

A novel theory of pain, according to which pains are imperatives -- commands issued by the body, ordering you to protect the injured part.

In What the Body Commands, Colin Klein proposes and defends a novel theory of pain. Klein argues that pains are imperative; they are sensations with a content, and that content is a command to protect the injured part of the body. He terms this view "imperativism about pain," and argues that imperativism can account for two puzzling features of pain: its strong motivating power and its uninformative nature. Klein argues that the biological purpose of pain is homeostatic; like hunger and thirst, pain helps solve a challenge to bodily integrity. It does so by motivating you to act in ways that help the body recover. If you obey pain's command, you get better (in ordinary circumstances). He develops his account to handle a variety of pain phenomena and applies it to solve a number of historically puzzling cases. Klein's intent is to defend the imperativist view in a pure form -- without requiring pain to represent facts about the world.

Klein presents a model of imperative content showing that intrinsically motivating sensations are best understood as imperatives, and argues that pain belongs to this class. He considers the distinction between pain and suffering; explains how pain motivates; addresses variations among pains; and offers an imperativist account of maladaptive pains, pains that don't appear to hurt, masochism, and why pain feels bad.

Colin Klein is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University, Australia, an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and Its Disorders, and an ARC Future Fellow.
Title:What The Body Commands: The Imperative Theory Of PainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:July 31, 2015Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262029707

ISBN - 13:9780262029704

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of What The Body Commands: The Imperative Theory Of Pain

Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Klein offers a detailed, realist account of the semantic contents of pain imperatives. And he makes clear that he believes this content (alone) explains both the phenomenology and primary motivating role of pain."