Michael Marder, "For a Phytocentrism to Come"

Michael Marder is IKERBASQUE Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Vitoria. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Telos and the General Editor of three book series, Political Theory and Contemporary Philosophy at Bloomsbury; Critical Plant Studies at Rodopi; and, with Santiago Zabala, Studies in Postmetaphysical Thought at Palgrave. He is the author of numerous books and articles on phenomenology, political philosophy, and environmental thought. His latest monograph is The Philosopher’s Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium, forthcoming from Columbia University Press in 2014. For more information, consult: michaelmarder.org

Vortrag Abstrakt:
The present essay formulates a phytocentric alternative to the biocentric and zoocentric critiques of anthropocentrism. Treating phuton—the Greek for “plant,” also meaning “growing being”—as a concrete entry point into the world of phusis (nature), I situate the intersecting trajectories and (cross-species, cross-kingdoms) communities of growth at the center of environmental theory and praxis. I explore the potential of phytocentrism for the “greening” of human consciousness brought back to its vegetal roots, as well as for tackling issues related, among others, to the use of biotechnologies and dietary ethics.