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Thu, 18 Oct


Room 246

Sam Coleman (Hertfordshire) Unconscious Pains and Unconscious Suffering

Time & Location

18 Oct 2018, 16:00 – 18:00

Room 246, Senate House, London WC1B, UK


I will  distinguish a few different kinds of suffering, zeroing in on one that  involves the 'intrinsic' qualitative character of a mental/bodily state,  paradigmatically exemplified in the case of suffering severe pains,  e.g. as when burning one's hand on a hot stove. I am interested in the  question of whether if pains can exist unconsciously, then such  suffering could also occur unconsciously. I will make the case for an  affirmative answer to this question. I will also briefly make the case  that there are such things as unconscious pains. So overall I defend the  claim that there is such a thing as unconscious suffering in the  relevant sense. If I have time I'll hope to say something about the  connection of such suffering to moral regard.

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