Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling

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


If Klein & Barron are right, then insects may well be able to feel pain. If they can, then the standard approach to animal ethics generates some implausible results. Philosophers need to develop alternatives to this framework to avoid them.

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Bob Fischer, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Texas State University, works on animal ethics and the epistemology of modality, and is co-director the Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals.http://www.bobfischer.net