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Of Plants, and Other Secrets

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  • Michael Marder

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    (IKERBASQUE, Department of Philosophy, The University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 01006, Spain)

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    In this article, I inquire into the reasons for the all-too-frequent association of plants and secrets. Among various hypotheses explaining this connection from the standpoint of plant morphology and physiology, the one that stands out is the idea that plants are not only objects in the natural environment, but also subjects with a peculiar mode of accessing the world. The core of the “plant enigma” is, therefore, onto-phenomenological. Positively understood, the secret of their subjectivity leaves just enough space for the self-expression and the self-interpretation of vegetal life.

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    Volume (Year): 3 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (December)
    Pages: 16-23

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsoctx:v:3:y:2012:i:1:p:16-23:d:22496

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    Keywords: plant ontology; subjectivity; enigma; fetishism; phenomenology;

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