PHI6372 - Pleasure, Pain and Emotions


Affective states have a profound bearing on the quality of our lives. Chronic pain can be disabling while insensitivityto pain can be fatal; a life without pleasure looks like a life of boredom, but excessive pleasure seeking can disrupt decision-making. In the last decades, philosophers and cognitive sciences have made fascinating discoveries about pain, pleasure and emotions. In this module, we explore these recent advances. These are some of the problems that we will discuss; why does pain feel bad? Are emotions cognitive states? What is the relation between pleasure and happiness? Are moral judgements based on emotions?


Luca Barlassina

This module is also available to undergraduates as PHI372.

If there are three or more postgraduates taking the module, a separate seminar will be scheduled for postgraduates only.