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Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling

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http://www.michaeltye.us

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Colin Klein and Andrew B. Barron, Insects have the capacity for subjective experience

Abstract

I comment on the methodology used by Klein & Barron for dealing with the question of insect sentience and I briefly make a proposal of my own. Once it is granted that insects are sentient, a further question arises: which insects are subject to which states of sentience? Do insects feel pain, for example? If so, which ones? On the further question, I note, Klein & Barron have nothing to say.

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Michael Tye, professor of philosophy at University of Texas, Austin, does research on philosophy of mind, foundations of cognitive science, and metaphysics. http://www.michaeltye.us