Direct perception of animal mind: commentary on Kujala on Canine emotions

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number041
JournalAnimal Sentience
Volume14
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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