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Vetlesen, Arne Johan, 1960-
Smerte. English
A philosophy of pain / Arne Johan Vetlesen ; translated by John Irons
London : Reaktion, c2009
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  BJ1409 .V48 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Pain -- Philosophy
Pain -- Psychological aspects
Suffering -- Philosophy
Suffering -- Psychological aspects
Physical Description 167 p. ; 20 cm
Note Translation of: Smerte
Originally published in 2004
Includes bibliographical references (p. 164-167)
Review ""Living involves being exposed to pain every second - not necessarily as an insistent reality, but always as a possibility", writes Arne Johan Vetlesen in A Philosophy of Pain, a thought-provoking look at an inevitable and essential aspect of the human condition. Vetlesen addresses pain in many forms, including the pain inflicted by torture; the pain suffered in disease; and the pain of anxiety, grief and depression. He examines the dual nature of pain: how we attempt to avoid is as much as possible in our daily lives and yet, conversely, obtain a thrill from seeking it." "Vetlesen looks at pain within areas of modern life such as family and work, and he specifically probes a common modern phenomenon, the idea of pushing oneself to the limit. Engaging throughout with the ideas of thinkers such as Kierkegaard, Freud, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Horkheimer, Adorno, Sontag and Klein, A Philosophy of Pain explores the concept and possibility of empathy, as well as providing an analysis of the place of pain in modern culture."--BOOK JACKET
Contents 1. Pain in Extremis: Torture -- 2. Lasting Pain: Illness -- 3. Psychic Pain -- 4. A Critique of Sartre's Existentialist View -- 5. Pain as a Phenomenon -- 6. Anxiety and Depression -- 7. The Unalterable Fundamental Conditions of Existence -- 8. Transportation of Psychic Pain -- 9. The Role of Culture in Dealing with Pain -- 10. Pain and Evil -- 11. When Pain is Imitated and Enacted: Violence in Culture -- 12. Pain as Compulsive Choice in a Multi-option Society
Alternate Author Irons, John, 1942-

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