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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

Abstract

The title of Klein & Barron’s well-argued and thought-provoking target article is, “Insects have the capacity for subjective experience.” However, they also frame their claim using the term “consciousness,” which they seem to take as equivalent to “subjective experience.” This assumed equivalence, I shall argue, is problematic in a way that might vitiate their central argument.

Author Biography

Mark Rowlands, Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami, studies philosophy of mind, ethics and moral psychology. His own ASent 2016 target article is “Are Animals Persons?http://www.as.miami.edu/phi/people/