Concluding Postscript. On Pain and Sound

  • Georg Henrik von Wright
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 272)


Let there be an affectation A of a subject’s body from outside. For example: a sound striking the ear or a stone hitting his leg. The “hit”, we assume, causes (effects, puts in motion) some afferent neural processes N thus causing the subject, as we say, to have a sensation S. For example: to hear sound or to feel (suffer) pain. N may continue in the form of efferent neural processes causing bodily movements or behaviour B characteristic of having the sensation S. For example: reacting to the sound by taking a listening posture or reacting to the pain by a cry or a twist of the face.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg Henrik von Wright
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Academy of FinlandHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of HelsinkiFinland

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