The Philosopher's Plant

The Philosopher's Plant

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Despite their conceptual allergy to vegetal life, philosophers have used germination, growth, blossoming, fruition, reproduction, and decay as illustrations of abstract concepts; mentioned plants in passing as the natural backdrops for dialogues, letters, and other compositions; spun elaborate allegories out of flowers, trees, and even grass; and recommended appropriate medicinal, dietary, and aesthetic approaches to select species of plants. In this book, Michael Marder illuminates the elaborate vegetal centerpieces and hidden kernels that have powered theoretical discourse for centuries. Choosing twelve botanical specimens that correspond to twelve significant philosophers, he recasts the development of philosophy through the evolution of human and plant relations. A philosophical history for the postmetaphysical age, The PhilosopherA•s Plant reclaims the organic heritage of human thought. With the help of vegetal images, examples, and metaphors, the book clears a path through philosophyA•s tangled roots and dense undergrowth, opening up the discipline to all readers.The a€œsentence with a#39;sunflowera#39;a€ is, after all, used a€œto signify that you prefer that I come. ... What better figure for a a€œyesa€ that knows no a€œnoa€ than a sunflower, a plant , which, in contrast to an animal, does not oppose its inorganic other (sunlight)anbsp;...

Title:The Philosopher's Plant
Author:Michael Marder
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2014-11-04


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