The Philosopher's Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium (Hardcover)

The Philosopher's Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium By Michael Marder, Mathilde Roussel (Illustrator) Cover Image

The Philosopher's Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium (Hardcover)

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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 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 Philosopher's Plant reclaims the organic heritage of human thought. With the help of vegetal images, examples, and metaphors, the book clears a path through philosophy's tangled roots and dense undergrowth, opening up the discipline to all readers.
Michael Marder is IKERBASQUE Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country.
Product Details ISBN: 9780231169028
ISBN-10: 0231169027
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: November 11th, 2014
Pages: 288
Language: English