Pain signals are predominantly imperative

Manolo Martínez*, Colin Klein

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Abstract

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
Number of pages16
JournalBiology and Philosophy
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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