Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life

Kobo ebook | February 19, 2013

byMichael Marder

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The margins of philosophy are populated by non-human, non-animal living beings, including plants. While contemporary philosophers tend to refrain from raising ontological and ethical concerns with vegetal life, Michael Marder puts this life at the forefront of the current deconstruction of metaphysics. He identifies the existential features of plant behavior and the vegetal heritage of human thought so as to affirm the potential of vegetation to resist the logic of totalization and to exceed the narrow confines of instrumentality. Reconstructing the life of plants after metaphysics,” Marder focuses on their unique temporality, freedom, and material knowledge or wisdom. In his formulation, plant-thinking” is the non-cognitive, non-ideational, and non-imagistic mode of thinking proper to plants, as much as the process of bringing human thought itself back to its roots and rendering it plantlike.

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The margins of philosophy are populated by non-human, non-animal living beings, including plants. While contemporary philosophers tend to refrain from raising ontological and ethical concerns with vegetal life, Michael Marder puts this life at the forefront of the current deconstruction of metaphysics. He identifies the existential fea...

Michael Marder is IKERBASQUE Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, UPV-EHU, Vitoria-Gasteiz. He is the author of The Philosopher's Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium; The Event of the Thing: Derrida's Post-Deconstructive Realism; Groundless Existence: The Political Ontology of Car...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 19, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023153325X

ISBN - 13:9780231533256

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala
Acknowledgments
Introduction: To Encounter the Plants . . .

Part I. Vegetal Anti-Metaphysics
Chapter 1. The Soul of the Plant
Chapter 2. The Body of the Plant

Part II. Vegetal Existentiality
Chapter 3. The Time of Plants
Chapter 4. The Freedom of Plants
Chapter 5. The Wisdom of Plants

Epilogue: The Ethical Offshoots of Plant-Thinking
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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