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Language Pangs: On Pain and the Origin of Language

Ilit Ferber


Language and pain are usually thought of as opposites, the one being about expression and communication, the other destructive, “beyond words,” and isolating. Language Pangs challenges these familiar conceptions and offers a reconsideration of the relationship between pain and language in terms of an essential interconnectedness rather than an exclusive opposition. The book’s premise is that the experience of pain cannot be probed without consideration of its inherent relation to language, and vice versa: understanding the nature of language essentially depends on an account of its relationshi ... More

Keywords: Johann Gottfried Herder, Martin Heidegger, Sophocles, Philoctetes, pain, the sense of hearing, sympathy, animal, Stanley Cavell, André Gide, Werner Hamacher, expression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190053864
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190053864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilit Ferber, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University