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Of Plants, and Other Secrets

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  • Michael Marder

    () (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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  • Michael Marder, 2012. "Of Plants, and Other Secrets," Societies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(1), pages 1-8, December.
  • 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;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • P - Economic Systems
    • P0 - Economic Systems - - General
    • P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • P3 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions
    • P4 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems
    • P5 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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