SOPhiA 2013

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programm - Vortrag

Ist Schmerz demütigend? - Über den Zusammenhang von Würde und Schmerzen
(Ethik & Politische Philosophie, Englisch)

This paper seeks to explore the relation between pain and dignity. It uses Elaine Scarry's description of the self-alienating and destructive effects that severe (acute and chronic) pain experiences have as a starting point for the claim that pain experiences indeed seem to be humiliating. Following the approach of Avishai Margalit, they can furthermore be described as violations of a person's dignity, since to Margalit,a person's dignity is violated, when she is humiliated, which is the case, when she is treated in a way that it becomes impossible for her to maintain her chosen self-concept and self-respect. However, not all pain experiences seem to have these devastating impacts; which leads the author to two claims: (1) It is not the pain itself that is humiliating and hence a threat to a person's dignity. (2) It is rather the setting in and the circumstances under which a pain is experienced that gives it a humiliating quality. In order to present a convincing justification for claim (2), Margalit's concept of dignity is then extended by an emphasis on the social dimension of dignity. The author claims that it is the persons, who interact with a human being in pain, who can make this experience a humiliating one or can actually prevent this, depending on how they choose to react upon and with the person in pain. If involved people manage to react properly, pain has not necessarily a destructive effect, but can rather be integrated into the person's own self-concept and hence does not mean a threat to her dignity. The paper then concludes by describing ways of a behavior that helps to protect or restore the dignity of persons who are experiencing severe situations of pain.

Chair: Stefan Leber
Zeit: 11:30-12:00, 13. September 2013 (Freitag)
Ort: HS 104
Anmerkung: ÄNDERUNG. Der Vortrag entfällt!

Julia Apollonia Engels
(University of Bielefeld, Paderborn)

Julia Apollonia Engels (M.A.). University of Bielefeld, Germany. 2008, Magister Artium in Philosophy, German and French Literature. Thesis on ''The Transplantation-Trilemma and the Ethics of Killing''. Publications in Applied Ethics, mainly Medical Ethics.

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