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Plant-Thinking - by Michael Marder (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 248

Genre: Science

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Age Range: Teen

Book theme: Botany

Author: Michael Marder

Language: English

Street Date: February 19, 2013
TCIN: 78572647
UPC: 9780231161251
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-3027

Description

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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