Pain signals are predominantly imperative

Manolo Martínez, Colin Klein

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    © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Recent work on signaling has mostly focused on communication between organisms. The Lewis–Skyrms framework should be equally applicable to intra-organismic signaling. We present a Lewis–Skyrms signaling-game model of painful signaling, and use it to argue that the content of pain is predominantly imperative. We address several objections to the account, concluding that our model gives a productive framework within which to consider internal signaling.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)283-298
    JournalBiology and Philosophy
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


    • Imperativism
    • Internal signaling
    • Pain
    • Signaling games


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