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Putting Pain in its Proper Place

Reuter, Kevin and Sienhold, Michael and Sytsma, Justin (2018) Putting Pain in its Proper Place. [Preprint]

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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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Reuter, Kevin
Sienhold, Michael
Sytsma, Justin
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Analysis.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Justin Sytsma
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2018 22:31
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2018 22:31
Item ID: 14547
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Date: 7 April 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14547

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