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Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling

Commentary Type

Invited Commentary

Abstract

Kujala’s (2017) target article is ostensibly focused on how everyday folk (fail to) make sense of canine emotions. However, the theories outlined in the article apply to making sense of all aspects of the mentality of both human and non-human animals. The target article neglects the fundamental arguments surrounding the problem of other minds. I explore the relevant arguments and briefly review approaches suggesting that our everyday-life sense that both human and non-human animals are thinking, feeling, emotional beings has a secure epistemological basis.

Author Biography

Paul Morris is a psychologist interested in how intentions and emotions are embodied in behaviour. His work includes research on the manifestation and perception of emotions in human infants and non-human animals.

www.port.ac.uk/department-of-psychology/staff/dr-paul-morris.html