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Brian Key, Why fish do not feel pain


Key's (2016) arguments against the view that fish feel pain can be shown to be fallacious by considering some damage-related behaviors in invertebrates. Pain may have different neural bases in different organisms, so the absence in fish of the cortical structures that might underlie pain in mammals does not settle the question of fish pain.

Author Biography

Peter Godfrey-Smith p.godfrey.smith@gmail.com is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Graduate Center, CUNY, and Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University of Sydney. His main research interests are philosophy of biology and philosophy of mind. His books include Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature, Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection, and Philosophy of Biology. http://petergodfreysmith.com/biographical