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Volume 163, Issue 1


Aristotle’s Vocabulary of Pain

Wei Cheng
Published Online: 2018-05-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/phil-2018-0008


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.

Keywords: Aristotle; pain; pleasure; semantics; vocabulary


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Published Online: 2018-05-03

Published in Print: 2019-05-29

Citation Information: Philologus, Volume 163, Issue 1, Pages 47–71, ISSN (Online) 2196-7008, ISSN (Print) 0031-7985, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/phil-2018-0008.

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