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Abraham Sapien-Cordoba

 Abraham Sapien-Cordoba

Early Career Researcher



I am currently doing a joint PhD between the University of Glasgow, in the United Kingdom, and Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), in France. As part of his research project, I work for the Value of Suffering Project (http://www.valueofsuffering.co.uk/) and my research focuses on the nature of pain and suffering.

I did my bachelor studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) graduating with high honours in the area of Philosophy of Mind. My final dissertation was on the conceptual problems of the definition of pain in medicine and in philosophy. I did my Master’s degree in Cognitive Science with the École Normale Superieure (ENS) in Paris and the Jean Nicod Institute on cognitive models of pain.

Research and Teaching Interests

My research is focused on understanding the nature of pain and particularly its unpleasant character. For this, I analyze the main contemporary philosophical theories on pain. Given that pain and suffering have a central role in medicine, the understanding of these is of great relevance; the better understanding of pain, for example, can guide better medical treatment.

More precisely, I take masochism as a case study for understanding the nature of pain. One of its main peculiarities is that it combines pain and pleasure. The understanding of masochism will help us having a better understanding of affective experience and, I think, this knowledge could also be implemented in our medical treatments.



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