Introduction: Breaking Boundaries
Chapter One: The Case for an Ape Ethic
Chapter Two: Cognition and Intelligence in Environmental Adaptation
Chapter Three: Social Behavior and Personhood
Conclusion: Long Call for Ape Forest Sovereignty
About the Author
Gregory F. Tague is professor of English/interdisciplinary studies and founder and senior developer of The Evolutionary Studies Collaborative at St. Francis College.
Tague's book presents an urgent and compelling argument that, under
human management, forest habitats are under immediate threat of
irreparable harm. His call to cede land to nonhuman "forest
persons" who will better care for and maintain this land--which is
vital for the health and welfare of all living beings on Earth--is
a radical and important one.-- "Journal of Animal Ethics"
An Ape Ethic and the Question of Personhood clearly shows that it's high time to recognize who we--human animals--are and who they--nonhuman animals are--and to appreciate that they, like us, are highly evolved agents who deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. It's the decent thing to do. The health of our magnificent planet depends on our doing this right now. In fact, it's reasonable to argue that their--these nonhuman persons'--presence in diverse habitats is more important for maintaining ecosystem integrity than ours. A very thoughtful and forward-looking book.--Marc Bekoff, author of Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence
On a planet in peril, our differences (as much as our similarities) with other species offer urgently-needed lessons for living in harmony with the natural world. Dr. Tague draws on a rich array of sources from science and philosophy to provide a timely, provocative distinction between humans who exploit the environment and Great Apes who coexist successfully with it, a difference that should confer moral status on our closest primate relatives.--Christine E. Webb, Harvard University
This book takes you through a series of cogent arguments to the conclusion that great apes should be granted personhood by virtue of their intellectual and moral individualism. Great apes care for their environment, and they are eco-engineers; unlike humans, the great apes have not systematically degraded lands. In fact, we might be able to learn a great deal about environmental ethics from our primate cousins. This book is, thus, a must read for those interested in animal ethics in general and great ape personhood in particular.--Carlo Alvaro, New York City College of Technology