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The Philosopher's Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium

Michael Marder


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. This book illuminates the vegetal centerpieces and hidden kernels that have powered theoretical discourse for centuries. Choosing twelve botanical specim ... More

Keywords: vegetal life, germination, growth, blossoming, fruition, reproduction, decay, allegories, human thought, abstract concepts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231169035
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231169035.001.0001


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Michael Marder, author

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