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Title: 
PAIN, WHAT IS IT AND WHY DO WE CARE?
Author(s): 
E. Vermeersch
Abstract: 

In the first part a series of methodological remarks are presented mainly concerning the use and relevance of concepts such as pain and suffering, the ‘observer-oriented’ vs. the ‘ego-oriented’ approach, the principle of parsimony vs. the principle of caution, and the ethical vs. the factual approach. The general conclusion is that the concepts of pain and suffering have their proper value, conditional upon their use being restricted to their specific domain. In the second part some suggestions are made about the way in which a foundation for an ethics of pain and suffering may be laid.

Full text: 
pp 385-391