This entry discusses specifically the question of whether nonhuman animals are sentient. For discussion about the moral significance of sentience or its distribution, see sentience.
Animal sentience is the study of the affective capacities of nonhuman animals, i.e. their capacity to have subjective experiences.
Browning, Heather & Jonathan Birch (2022) Animal sentience, Philosophy Compass.
Tye, Michael (2017) Tense Bees and Shell-Shocked Crabs: Are Animals Conscious?, New York: Oxford University Press.