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Aristotle’s Vocabulary of Pain

Wei Cheng
From the journal Philologus

Abstract

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.

Acknowledgements

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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