Mental Painkillers and Reasons for Pain

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What does bodily pain have in common with mental pain? According to “evaluativism,” both are representations of something bad. This paper puts forward three claims. First, that evaluativism vis-à-vis bodily pain is false for it renders it irrational to take painkillers. Second, that evaluativism vis-à-vis mental pain is true. Third, that this difference between bodily and mental pain stems from the fact that only the latter is normative, that is, based on reasons. The normative difference between bodily and mental pain implies that mental pains are not bad, while bodily pains are not representations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-32
Number of pages32
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Grief
  • Mental pain
  • Mental painkiller
  • Normativity
  • Reason

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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