Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7425-3345-5 • Hardback • March 2004 • $30.00 • (£22.99)
Tibor R. Machan is currently R. C. Hoiles Professor of Business Ethics & Free Enterprise at the Argyros School of Business & Economics, Chapman University, Orange, CA, and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Chapter 1 A Case for Animal Rights?
Chapter 2 The Case for Specieism
Chapter 3 A Sound Environmentalism
Chapter 4 Putting Humans First
In Putting Humans First, Machan offers an insightful, philosophic, and practical assessment of animal rights and environmental movements. Machan reveals how these philosophies would willingly sacrifice human freedoms by denying basic truths about both man and nature. He shows us that stewardship would be better served by celebrating and employing—rather than vilifying—mankind's creative and moral nature.
— Angela Logomasini, director of risk and environmental policy, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Tibor R. Machan doesn't like the animal-rights or radical environment movements, and with good cause. Both exhibit anti-human attitudes, he writes, for each rejects the idea that human beings should be the primary concern of human beings. A Chapman University professor, Machan begins his slim volume on a strong note with a cogent critique of the philosophical underpinnings of animal-liberation philosophy.
— Wesley Smith, Superintendent, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Former Executive Director, Association of California School Administrators; The Weekly Standard
Putting Humans First should become the gold standard for warm and friendly human beings endeavoring to understand and explain why, though we may love animals and nature, they are intrinsically inferior to humans.
— Jay Lehr, science director for The Heartland Institute
A defense of human primacy in a hierarchy of nature and a critique of radical environmentalism.
— The Chronicle of Higher Education