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Sentience and the science-policy interface

Birch, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-7517-4759 (2022) Sentience and the science-policy interface. Animal Sentience, 6 (31). ISSN 2377-7478

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Identification Number: 10.51291/2377-7478.1718


I contrast my picture of the relationship between the science and policy of animal sentience with that of Marian Stamp Dawkins, who thinks “the science of animal sentience and the politics of animal welfare should be kept separate” because they involve irreconcilably different standards of evidence. On my alternative picture, (i) the science of animal sentience, like any other empirical science, delivers evidence but not certainty; (ii) this evidence allows us to make better practical decisions, both within and outside science and (iii) the quality standards we apply to the evidence should be high in all contexts, including the formulation of public policy.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author.
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 13:54
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2024 03:15

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