Woodruff’s case for fish sentience is intriguing. Though far from ready for final acceptance, it is worth pursuing. The case is philosophically uncontroversial under functionalism and reductive materialism. It is also highly heuristic, as it raises interesting issues for further investigation, such as the neural causation of behavior, the role of Mauthner cells in conditioned avoidance, and whether operant conditioning is constitutive of fish sentience.

Author Biography

José E. Burgos, Professor in the Center for Behavioral Studies and Investigations, University of Guadalajara, does research on neural network modelling of learning and philosophy of psychology. He is editor of Behavior and Philosophy.