Pain, experience, and well-being

Authored by: Guy Kahane

The Routledge Handbook Of Philosophy Of Well-Being

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415714532
eBook ISBN: 9781315682266
Adobe ISBN: 9781317402657


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We have all felt pain. We enter this world screaming, and we hope to leave it painlessly. In between, our lives are punctuated by moments of pain, often brief and negligible, a mere distraction, but at other times mind-blowingly intense and debilitating, stretching for hours, days, even months and years. Then there are unpleasant experiences such as nausea, an upset stomach, a numb foot or itching scalp, and other kinds of bodily discomfort. Not to mention heartache, bitter disappointment, loss, despair, depression, hopelessness . . .

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