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Pain and communication

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posted on 2003-10-01, 00:00 authored by Stan Van HooftStan Van Hooft
It is frequently said that pain is incommunicable and even that it destroys language. This paper offers a phenomenological account of pain and then explores and critiques this view. It suggests not only that pain is communicable to an adequate degree for clinical purposes, but also that it is itself a form of communication through which the person in pain appeals to the empathy and ethical goodness of the clinician. To explain this latter idea and its ethical implications, reference is made to the writings of Emmanuel Levinas.

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Journal

Medicine, health care and philosophy

Volume

6

Issue

3

Pagination

255 - 262

Publisher

Springer

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

1386-7423

eISSN

1572-8633

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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