- an Emotional State.
- See: Feeling, Perception, Reason, Sensation (Psychology), Philosophy of Mind, Qualia, Animal Rights, Suffering, Logical Consequence.
- (Wikipedia, 2014) ⇒ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/sentience Retrieved:2014-6-8.
- Sentience is the ability to feel, perceive, or to experience subjectivity. Eighteenth-century philosophers used the concept to distinguish the ability to think (reason) from the ability to feel (sentience). In modern Western philosophy, sentience is the ability to experience sensations (known in philosophy of mind as “qualia"). The concept is central to the philosophy of animal rights, because sentience is necessary for the ability to suffer, which is held to entail certain rights.