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Modern Thought in Pain: Philosophy, Politics, Psychoanalysis

Simon Morgan Wortham


This book analyses how modern conceptions of politics, ethics, and critical thought can be re-evaluated through the question of pain. Using a series of rigorous encounters with key critical figures, it argues that modern thought is, in more than one sense, the ‘thought of pain’. It investigates the idea that modern European philosophy after Kant is less about offering the conceptual equipment to tackle pain in explanatory terms, and more about the experience of thought that accompanies the forms of pain and suffering about which it speaks. The book also argues that the question of pain establi ... More

Keywords: pain, European philosophy, post-structuralism, ethics, evil, Marxism, Immanuel Kant, suffering

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748692415
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692415.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Morgan Wortham, author
Kingston University