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Aristotle’s Vocabulary of Pain

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From the journal Philologus


This paper examines Aristotle’s vocabulary of pain, that is the differences and relations of the concepts of pain expressed by (near-)synonyms in the same semantic field. It investigates what is particularly Aristotelian in the selection of the pain-words in comparison with earlier authors and specifies the special semantic scope of each word-cluster. The result not only aims to pin down the exact way these terms converge with and diverge from each other, but also serves as a basis for further understanding Aristotle’s philosophical conception of pain.


For their comments on earlier drafts, I am grateful to Philip van der Eijk, Han Baltussen, Tianqin Ge, Christoph Helmig, Wei Liu, Chiara Thumiger, Ruobing Xian, and Paul Zipfel. I would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful suggestions on the penultimate draft.


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Published Online: 2018-05-03
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