Animal Sentience

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In this commentary I discuss the concept of sentience as used in Broom’s book Sentience and Animal Welfare (2014). Broom’s understanding of sentience is, I suggest, both misleading and revealing. Appreciating why this is so is important for understanding the connection between the mental life of animals and their moral status.

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Mark Rowlands mrowlands@miami.edu is Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami. He studies the philosophy of mind, ethics and moral psychology. Mark wrote 17 books, including Animal Rights (Macmillan 1998), The Environmental Crisis (Macmillan, 2000), Animals Like Us (Verso, 2002), The Philosopher and the Wolf (Granta, 2008), and Can Animals be Moral? (Oxford, 2012). http://www.as.miami.edu/phi/people/

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