“Steiner’s work is a rigorous and stimulating reappraisal of the long-lasting and often baleful influence of Greek philosophy on Western attitudes towards animals.”--New England Classical Journal
“Steiner has provided a needed and lucid account of the history he targets.”—Journal of the History of Philosophy
"Steiner has written a clear and detailed history of philosophical views of nonhuman animals. His book is unique because the perspective he brings to the history of Western philosophy is informed by the thought of Heidegger, Levinas, and Derrida. Both animal rightists and opponents to animal rights can benefit from a reading of this book."
—Daniel A. Dombrowski, Seattle University
“This book will be highly valuable to scholars of animal rights/welfare as a historical overview of this issue, and an excellent introduction to the history of Western philosophy in general. Highly recommended.”—Choice
“Professor Steiner presents an engaging and most accessible historical review of the moral status of nonhuman animals in the Western philosophical tradition. This well-researched and clearly-written book is a significant contribution to the ongoing discussion about the moral significance of animal interests, and it will serve as an important reference work for others working in the area.”—Gary L. Francione, Rutgers University
“This major and original contribution to the history of anthropocentrism in Western Culture fills a long-standing need for critical and illuminating analyses of the meaning and influence of this concept. Everyone interested in animal rights and the general field of environmental ethics should own this book for reference and reading pleasure.”
—Richard Watson, Washington University