The Body in Pain  

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"The point that sadism aims at humiliation rather than merely at pain in general has been developed in detail by Elaine Scarry in The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World. It is a consequence of Scarry's argument that the worst thing you can do to somebody is not to make her scream in agony but to use that agony in such a way that even when the agony is over, she cannot reconstitute herself." --Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989) by Richard Rorty


"See Judith Shklar's discussion of humiliation on p. 37 of her Ordinary Vices (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1984) and Ellen Scarry's discussion of the use of humiliation by torturers in chap. 1 of The Body in Pain."--Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989) by Richard Rorty, p.89

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The Body in Pain (1985) is a book by Elaine Scarry which is known as a definitive study of pain and inflicting pain.

She argues that physical pain leads to destruction and the unmaking of the human world, whereas human creation at the opposite end of the spectrum leads to the making of the world.





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