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Pain Judgments and T-tests

Sytsma, Justin (2023) Pain Judgments and T-tests. [Preprint]

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Abstract

What is pain? Perhaps surprisingly the standard answer to this question among philosophers does not derive from research in biology or other sciences, but from claims about common sense and thought experiments intended to draw out our intuitions about the nature of pain. This raises a number of issues, among them the question of whether philosophers’ claims about the commonsense conception of pain are accurate. In this chapter, I’ll explore some of the empirical research that has been done on this question in recent years, focusing on the claim that common sense tells us that there can be no unfelt pains. In doing so, I’ll walk through several sets of studies, introducing the empirical research process and illustrating the use of one type of statistical tool—t-tests.


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Sytsma, Justin
Additional Information: Penultimate draft of Chapter 2 in Experimental Philosophy for Beginners: A Gentle Introduction to Methods and Tools by Stephan Kornmesser, Alexander Max Bauer, Mark Alfano, Aurélien Allard, Lucien Baumgartner, Florian Cova, Paul Engelhardt, Eugen Fischer, Henrike Meyer, Kevin Reuter, Justin Sytsma, Kyle Thompson, and Marc Wyszynski.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Depositing User: Justin Sytsma
Date Deposited: 16 May 2023 12:56
Last Modified: 16 May 2023 12:56
Item ID: 22108
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Date: 15 May 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22108

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