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Plant Thinking: a Contribution to Plant Studies

Author(s): Katarzyna Szopa
Subject(s): Philosophy, Social Philosophy
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Czasu Kultury
Keywords: plant studies;posthumanism;deconstructionism

Summary/Abstract: Michael Marder’s book Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life is an original project, which is opening up discussion on humanities research and the relationship of humans to the world of plants. Culling essential aspects of reflections on plants by philosophers ranging from Aristotle to the Deleuze the author seeks her own language of expression for a hitherto marginalized subject: the nature of the world of plants. The plant world, seen as reductive and passive matter, has been pushed to the margins of philosophical reflection. Meanwhile, the quiet and subtle life of plants deserves our attention, and introduces the potential for a discourse that makes possible various projects for building a “new community”, the realization of which would not be possible without the participation of plants. Postulating “greening” or “vegetalising” of philosophical discourse, the author constructs a new intellectual model for the position and role of humans in the world, which she calls “plant thinking”.

  • Issue Year: XXXI/2015
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 150-155
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Polish