The philosopher's plant : an intellectual herbarium /

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Author / Creator:Marder, Michael, 1980- author.
Imprint:New York : Columbia University Press, 2014.
Description:1 online resource (442 pages) : illustrations
Series:European perspectives. A series in social thought and cultural criticism
European perspectives. A series in social thought and cultural criticism.
Subject:Botany -- Philosophy.
Botany -- History.
Human-plant relationships.
Plants -- Adaptation.
NATURE -- Plants -- General.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Botany.
NATURE -- Animal Rights.
Botany -- Philosophy.
Human-plant relationships.
Plants -- Adaptation.
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Electronic books.
Electronic books.
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Other authors / contributors:Roussel, Mathilde, illustrator.
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary: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.
Other form:Print version: Marder, Michael. Philosopher's Plant : An Intellectual Herbarium. New York : Columbia University Press, ©2014 9780231169035
Table of Contents:
  • Cover ; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Epigraph; Contents ; Acknowledgments; Prologue: Herbarium Philosophicum; Part I: Ancient Plant-Souls; 1. Plato's Plane Tree; In The Shade of a Plane Tree; Heavenly and Earthly Plants; Desiring Plants, Rooted Animals, and Other Ideas; Two Grounds, Two Plants, Two Worlds?; 2. Aristotle's Wheat; Philosopher's Bread (and Butter); Potential and Actual Plants; On Being All You Can Be (Without Becoming a Plant); Chaotic Proliferations: Collapsing Distinctions; 3. Plotinus' Anonymous "Great Plant"; A Portrait of the World as Plant.
  • Traversing the Levels of the Vegetal MindTo Stem Out the Plant In You!; The Revenge Of The Plant; Part II: Medieval Plant-Instruments; 4. Augustine's Pears; When A Saint Stole Pears; The Sheer Impossibility Of Enjoying Fruit; Antivegetal Ethics: Repressing A Weeping Fig Tree; Matter Spiritualized: The Wood Of The Cross, Divine Order, And Rustling Leaves; 5. Avicenna's Celery; Immoderate Philosophers, Excessive Plants; The Feudal Order of the Vegetal Soul, Or Aristotelianism With A Twist; What Do Plants Love?; The Aporia Of Knowing Ourselves (As Plants); 6. Maimonides' Palm Tree; Arbor Sacra.
  • "A Plant or a Mineral" Or GodRituals of Purification: The Plant, The Ground, And A Perforated Pot; Against a Talking Tree, Or The Unfinished Work of Disenchantment; Part III: Modern Plant-Images; 7. Leibniz's Blades of Grass; In The Bushes of a Royal Garden; A Garden Within a Garden: The Labyrinths of Vegetal Infinity; What Does a Plant Express?; The Plant As Monad: A Theoretical Conundrum; 8. Kant's Tulip; A Flower Against The System; What Can We Know About Plants?; What Can We Do With Plants?; What Can Plants Do To Us?; 9. Hegel's Grapes; From Grapes To Spirit(S).
  • Adventures In Vegetable DialecticsThe Sex Life of Plants, Or Beyond Oppositionality; The Vegetable Kernel of the Dialectical Shell; Part IV: Postmodern Plant-Subjects; 10. Heidegger's Apple Tree; Face To Face With a Blossoming Tree; The Blossoming of Being; A Plant'S "Being-In-The-World"; Do Plants Die?; 11. Derrida's Sunflowers; Three Scenes of Reading Plants; Plastic Plants, Wasted Seeds, And Other Useless Artifacts; Phytophallogocentrism; The Trouble With The Supplement And The Place of Plants; 12. Irigaray's Water Lily; Contemplating a Flower With Buddha; Flowering-With.
  • Vegetal Fidelities"We Still Fall Short of the Human"; Notes; Bibliography; Index.