By Arne Vetlesen

'Living includes being uncovered to soreness each moment now not unavoidably as an insistent truth, yet regularly as a possibility', writes Arne Johan Vetlesen in "A Philosophy of Pain", a thought-provoking examine an inevitable and crucial element of the human situation. Vetlesen addresses soreness in lots of kinds, together with the soreness inflicted through torture; the ache suffered in affliction; and the ache of hysteria, grief and melancholy. He examines the twin nature of soreness: how we strive to prevent it up to attainable in our day-by-day lives and but, conversely, receive a thrill from looking it. Vetlesen appears to be like at discomfort inside of parts of contemporary existence comparable to kin and paintings, and he in particular probes a standard glossy phenomenon, the assumption of pushing oneself to the restrict. attractive all through with the tips of thinkers similar to Kierkegaard, Freud, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Horkheimer, Adorno, Sontag and Klein, "A Philosophy of ache" explores the idea that and risk of emphathy, in addition to offering an research of where of ache in sleek tradition. Vetlesen deals an unique and insightful standpoint on whatever that each one folks undergo and suffer from a sprained ankle to a damaged center. even supposing ache is in itself disagreeable, our skill to believe it reminds us that we're alive.

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