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Putting pain in its proper place

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posted on 18.03.2021, 04:14 by K Reuter, M Sienhold, Justin Sytsma
© The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press. In a series of articles in this journal,Michael Tye (2002)andPaul Noordhof (2001, 2002) have sparred over the correct explanation of the putative invalidity of the following argument: the pain is in my fingertip; the fingertip is in my mouth; therefore, the pain is in my mouth. Whereas Tye explains the failure of the argument by stating that "pain "creates an intensional context, Noordhof maintains that the "in" in 'the pain is in my fingertip' is not spatial, but has state-attributing character. In this paper, we offer a third account, explaining the failure of the argument through state-attributing pragmatic implicatures. Empirical evidence is provided in support of this account.

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Reuter, K., Sienhold, M. & Sytsma, J. (2019). Putting pain in its proper place. Analysis (United Kingdom), 79(1), 72-82. https://doi.org/10.1093/analys/any030

Journal title

Analysis (United Kingdom)

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79

Issue

1

Publication date

01/01/2019

Pagination

72-82

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Oxford University Press (OUP)

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Published

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11/06/2018

ISSN

0003-2638

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1467-8284

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en

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