The Pain Conference

June 18, 2013 - June 20, 2013
Philosophy, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow

69 Oakfield Avenue
Glasgow G12 8QQ
United Kingdom


  • Pain and the Nature of Minds Programme: The University of Notre Dame and the John Templeton Foundation


Colin Allen
Indiana University
Murat Aydede
University of British Columbia
David Bain
University of Glasgow
Michael Brady
University of Glasgow
Victoria Braithwaite
Pennsylvania State University
Jennifer Corns
University of Glasgow
Valerie Hardcastle
University of Cincinnati
Richard B. Krueger
Columbia University
Siri Leknes
University of Oslo
Jennifer Radden
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Adam Shriver
University of Western Ontario
Frédérique de Vignemont
Institut Jean Nicod

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Pain is ubiquitous. But it continues to be poorly understood.Scientific advances have led to increasingly subtle and complex models of pain, but not yet consensus. Both in science and in philosophy, pain continues to generate deep and gripping questions.

The Pain Project has been holding workshops targeting four questions in particular: (1) How doespain relate to perception, whose role seems informational rather than motivational? (2) How does pain relate to emotional suffering, which is both implicated in and intriguingly parallels physical suffering?(3) How is pain illuminated by comparisons and contrasts between human and non-human pain? And (4) How is pain illuminated by considerations of atypical pain experiences?

The Pain Conference constitutes the culmination of these workshops and will be organized around research from presenters including:

Colin Allen (Indiana University; Philosophy and Cognitive Science)

Murat Aydede (University of British Columbia; Philosophy)

David Bain (University of Glasgow; Philosophy)

Michael Brady (University of Glasgow; Philosophy)

Victoria Braithwaite (Pennsylvania State University; Biology)

Jennifer Corns (University of Glasgow; Philosophy and Cognitive Science)

Frederique de Vignemont (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris; Philosophy and Cognitive Science)

Valerie Hardcastle (University of Cincinnati; Philosophy and Psychology)

Richard Krueger (Columbia University; Psychiatry)

Siri Leknes (University of Oslo; Neuroscience)

Jennifer Radden (University of Massachusetts; Philosophy)

Adam Shriver (University of Western Ontario; Philosophy and Cognitive Science)  

The conference is part of the larger Pain Project. The Pain Project is an international, interdisciplinary research project focused on relations amongst pain, perception, and emotion, as well as pain in non-human animals. It is part of an overarching research program, Pain and the Nature of Mind, run by the University of Notre Dame and funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

More information about the project and our research team can be found at:

Registration fee: £50(includes tea/coffee and wine reception)

To register or for further inquiries please email Jennifer Corns at:

[email protected]

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