The Botany of Romanticism: Plants and the Exposition of Life

German Romanticism is a thinking of life as exposed. Philosophical conceptions of botanical life are paradigmatic of this. Goethe, Schelling, and Hegel each address the plant in their respective philosophies of nature. This article traces the connections and divergences in their thinking of plants, focusing on the role of love, lack, and exposure in order to present the plant as a peculiarly apt figure for considerations of life as exposed.
Keywords Plants   botany   romanticism   life   nature
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DOI 10.1080/17570638.2016.1231883
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