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date: 18 November 2018

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How ought we to determine the senses of nonhuman animals? To answer that question, we first need to determine the relationship between our understanding of nonhuman animal senses and those of humans; should the two accounts be continuous or discontinuous with one another? This chapter argues that regardless of how we answer these questions, the understanding of nonhuman animal senses is philosophically interesting and should receive more attention than it has to date. Nonhuman animal senses such as infrared perception and magnetoreception pose some interesting conceptual challenges to attempts at understanding their operation.

Keywords: Aristotle, infrared perception, magnetoreception, sensory modalities, star-nosed mole

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