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Plant-Thinking A Philosophy of Vegetal Life

ISBN-10: 0231161255

ISBN-13: 9780231161251

Edition: 2013

Authors: Michael Marder, Gianni Vattimo, Santiago Zabala

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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 existentials 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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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/19/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Richard Rorty is professor of comparative literature and philosophy at Stanford University. He is the author of numerous works, including Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature; Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity; and What's the Use of Truth?Gianni Vattimo teaches hermeneutic philosophy at the University of Turin. Among his books are After Christianity; Nihilism and Emancipation: Ethics, Politics, and Law; Dialogue with Nietzsche; and After the Death of God.Santiago Zabala is the editor of Weakening Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Gianni Vattimoand author of The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophyand the forthcoming The Remains of Being.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: To Encounter the Plants …
Vegetal Anti-Metaphysics
The Soul of the Plant; or, The Meanings of Vegetal Life
The Obscurity of Vegetal Life: On Barely Perceptible Motion
The Potentialities of Plants; or, The Vicissitudes of Nourishment
On "The Common": Modes of Living and the Shared Soul
The Body of the Plant; or, The Destruction of the Metaphysical Paradigm
Back to the Middle: The Inversions of the Plant
Vegetal Heteronomy
The Language of Plants and Essential Superficiality: An Approach to Vegetal Being
Vegetal Existentiality
The Time of Plants
Plant-Time (I): Vegetal Hetero-Temporality
Plant-Time (II): The "Bad Infinity" of Growth
Plant-Time (III): The Iterability of Expression
The Freedom of Plants
The Shape of Freedom
Vegetal Indifference
A Tale of Two Freedoms
The Wisdom of Plants
Non-Conscious Intentionality
Thinking Without Identity
Philosophy: A Sublimated Plant-Thinking
Epilogue: The Ethical Offshoots of Plant-Thinking
Notes
Works Cited
Index