Volume 17 · Number 2 · Pages 154–156
Variety in the Experience of Pain and Its Explanation

Philipp Schmidt

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Open peer commentary on the article “Kaleidoscope of Pain: What and How Do You See Through It” by Maja Smrdu. Abstract: Welcoming Smrdu’s proposal to shed light on the experience of pain through the lens of phenomenology and enactivism, I offer two suggestions that may support the kind of 5E approach to pain she develops. First, I argue that a shift from the biopsychosocial model to a phenomenological 5E theory requires understanding “experience” as functioning as both explanans and explanandum. Second, I suggest that comparing varieties of pain - including mental pain - may help further elucidate the different dimensions that shape the experience of pain according to the 5E approach.


Schmidt P. (2022) Variety in the experience of pain and its explanation. Constructivist Foundations 17(2): 154–156. https://constructivist.info/17/2/154

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