Book: How to Be Animal: A New History of What It Means to Be Human
Author: Melanie Challenger
New York, 2021
Reviewer: Patricia K.
Sporadically across history, more consistently for the last century, conscientious people have worked at dismantling human supremacy narratives other folks have shored up for millennia. At the hearts of such stories: belief that by virtue of dominance of other species, we human beings are the highest expression of intelligent life. Our superior qualities make us unlike anything else living. This supremacy entitles us to using whatever species we wish (including our own) to our benefit, in whatever way seems good.
You don’t need X-ray glasses to see through to this credo’s backbone: valuation of life—one’s own and others’—rooted in an ethic of hierarchy.Continue reading “WIZ 1500 Review: Paradox Lost (on us)?”