The Myth of Human Supremacy, Derrick Jensen, Now in Print

4 May



In this impassioned polemic, radical environmental philosopher Derrick Jensen debunks the near-universal belief in a hierarchy of nature and the superiority of humans. Vast and underappreciated complexities of nonhuman life are explored in detail—from the cultures of pigs and prairie dogs, to the creative use of tools by elephants and fish, to the acumen of caterpillars and fungi. The paralysis of the scientific establishment on moral and ethical issues is confronted and a radical new framework for assessing the intelligence and sentience of nonhuman life is put forth.

Jensen attacks mainstream environmental journalism, which too often limits discussions to how ecological changes affect humans or the economy—with little or no regard for nonhuman life. With his signature compassionate logic, he argues that when we separate ourselves from the rest of nature, we in fact orient ourselves against nature, taking an unjust and, in the long run, impossible position.

Jensen expresses profound disdain for the human industrial complex and its ecological excesses, contending that it is based on the systematic exploitation of the earth. Page by page, Jensen, who has been called the philosopher-poet of the environmental movement, demonstrates his deep appreciation of the natural world in all its intimacy, and sounds an urgent call for its liberation from human domination.

The book may be purchased here.

4 Responses to “The Myth of Human Supremacy, Derrick Jensen, Now in Print”

  1. Sundazed 2016/05/05 at 7:29 am #

    Looking forward to read this book so darn much.


    • Miep 2016/05/05 at 1:32 pm #

      I helped with proofreading the penultimate draft. It’s a great book, lots of fascinating stuff about nonhuman intelligence, including plants. It will be great to have in my reference library.

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      • Sundazed 2016/05/06 at 2:29 am #

        That is nice :) Ive seen him in interviews talking a bit about plant intelligence and I’ve been interested in that myself on a “hobby” level for years now. So it will be really interesting to see how he implements that into his writing.
        I seen some who has read the book already say its on part (or even better) than a language older than words. Which is my personal favourite of the books I read from him so far.


        • Miep 2016/05/06 at 2:46 am #

          “Language” is super. I also recommend “walking on water.”

          This one is also an upbeat book and the reviews have been hugely supportive.

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