The Pain Conference

This conference is the culmination of the international, interdisciplinary Pain Project based in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.

Dates: Tuesday, 18 June – Thursday, 20 June 2013
Location: 69 Oakfield Avenue, Philosophy, University of Glasgow

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 held four workshops targeting four questions in particular: (1) How does pain 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 is the culmination of these workshops.


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:

First published: 30 April 2013