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The Politics of Pain MedicineA Rhetorical-Ontological Inquiry$
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S. Scott Graham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226264059

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226264196.001.0001

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An Ontological History of Pain

An Ontological History of Pain

(p.23) Chapter One An Ontological History of Pain
The Politics of Pain Medicine

S. Scott Graham

University of Chicago Press

This chapter argues for a new approach to macrohistoriography of science that simultaneously rejects Whiggish and theory-succession narratives while embracing new materialist approaches to inquiry. In so doing, this chapter offers an ontological history of pain grounded in Mol’s theory of multiple ontologies staged in practice. The history traces different practices in pain medicine as they emerge from the 3rd Century BCE to the present. The analysis further explores the emergent ontologies and metaphysics of pain which arise from each regime of practice.

Keywords:   historiography, history of pain, incommensurability, multiple ontologies, theory succession

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