The evolutionary explanation: The limits of desire theories of unpleasantness

Jan 30, 2020 | Pain & Suffering

Link to full pdf.

Abstract
Several theorists have defended that unpleasantness can be explained by appealing to (intrinsic, simultaneous, de re) desires for certain experiences not to be occurring. In a nutshell, experiences are unpleasant because we do not want them, and not vice versa. A common criticism for this approach takes the form of a Euthyphro dilemma. Even if there is a solution for this criticism, I argue that this type of approach is limited in two important ways. It cannot provide an explanation for: i) the motivation, from a psychological conscious point of view, nor ii) a non-instrumental justification, for having the relevant desires. The lack of these explanations is relevant since these are precisely the type clarifications that we would expect from a theory about unpleasantness.

More posts

Todos somos masoquistas

Todos somos masoquistas

Enlace al texto completo: Revista de la Universidad de México Enlace al articulo en pdf. Todos somos masoquistas. A todos nos gusta el dolor, pero en diferentes medidas y de maneras distintas. La primera aclaración necesaria para entender esto es que el dolor es una...

Ritual Pain: Valuable pain

Ritual Pain: Valuable pain

Why would a person stick a knife through their skin? Well, maybe because it is part of a ritual. A good friend of mine, who happens to be a great cognitive psychologist, and a probably even better MMA fighter, once told me the following anecdote: So, one day, after...

The structure of unpleasantness

The structure of unpleasantness

Review of Philosophy and Psychology (2020). Link to full pdf. Abstract A fair amount of the philosophical discussion about pain and unpleasantness has focused on providing a constitutive account of unpleasantness. These theories provide a more fundamental description...

Zozobra: somos humanos y nos llaman mexicanos

Zozobra: somos humanos y nos llaman mexicanos

Link para pdf. Resumen Somos humanos y nos llaman mexicanos. ¿Qué significa ser mexicano, cuál es la particularidad de un mexicano, que nos distingue de los demás? Durante mediados del siglo pasado se discutió qué significaba ser mexicano, qué era ‘lo mexicano’, o si...