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Michael Marder
University of the Basque Country
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    Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life.Michael Marder - 2013 - Columbia University Press.
    In his formulation, "plant-thinking" is the non-cognitive, non-ideational, and non-imagistic mode of thinking proper to plants, as much as the process of bringing human thought itself back to its roots and rendering it plantlike.
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    For a Phytocentrism to Come.Michael Marder - 2014 - Environmental Philosophy 11 (2):237-252.
    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 , I situate the intersecting trajectories and 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 (...)
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    Phenomena-Critique-Logos: The Project of Critical Phenomenology.Michael Marder - 2014 - London: Rowman & Littlefield International.
    A highly original reading of the history of phenomenology that offers a new systematic concept of critique.
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    Groundless Existence: The Political Ontology of Carl Schmitt.Michael Marder - 2010 - Continuum.
    Groundless existence is a unique examination of the implicit phenomenological and existential foundations of Schmitt's political philosophy.
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    The Event of the Thing: Derrida's Post-Deconstructive Realism.Michael Marder - 2009 - University of Toronto.
    The Event of the Thing is the most complete examination to date of Derrida's understanding of thinghood and its crucial role in psychoanalysis, ethics, literary ...
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    The Philosopher's Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium.Michael Marder & Mathilde Roussel - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    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. In this book, Michael Marder illuminates the vegetal centerpieces and hidden kernels that have powered theoretical discourse for centuries. Choosing twelve botanical (...)
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  7. Pyropolitics: When the World is Ablaze.Michael Marder - 2014 - Rowman & Littlefield International.
    A highly original theory of the political, the book explores the literal and metaphorical flare-ups in political theology, revolutionary thought, radical protests, and global energy production.
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    The Life of Plants and the Limits of Empathy.Michael Marder - 2012 - Dialogue 51 (2):259-273.
    ABSTRACT: This article examines the possibility of an ethical treatment of plants grounded in empathy. Upon considering whether an empathetic approach to vegetal life is compatible with the crucial features of plant ontology, it is concluded that the feeling of empathy with plants disregards their mode of being and projects the constructs and expectations of the human empathizer onto the object of empathy. Vegetal life, thus, reveals the limits of empathy, as well as its anthropocentric and potentially unethical underpinnings. View (...)
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  9. Vegetal anti-metaphysics: Learning from plants.Michael Marder - 2011 - Continental Philosophy Review 44 (4):469-489.
    By denying to vegetal life the core values of autonomy, individualization, self-identity, originality, and essentiality, traditional philosophy not only marginalizes plants but, inadvertently, confers on them a crucial role in the current transvaluation of metaphysical value systems. From the position of absolute exteriority and heteronomy, vegetation accomplishes a living reversal of metaphysical values and points toward the collapse of hierarchical dualisms.
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    Phenomenology of Distraction, or Attention in the Fissuring of Time and Space.Michael Marder - 2011 - Research in Phenomenology 41 (3):396-419.
    The goal of “Phenomenology of Distraction“ is to explore the imbrication of attention and distraction within existential spatiality and temporality. First, I juxtapose the Heideggerian dispersion of concern (which includes, among other things, the attentive comportment) in everyday life, conceived as a way to get distracted from one's impending mortality, to Fernando Pessoa's embracing of the inauthentic, superficial, and restless existence, where attention necessarily reverts into distraction. Second, I consider the philosophical confessions of St. Augustine and Jean-Jacques Rousseau as evidence (...)
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  11. Grafts: writings on plants.Michael Marder - 2016 - Minneapolis, MN: Univocal.
    Grafting: do we ever do anything other than that? And are we ever free from vegetal influences when we engage in its operations? For the philosopher Michael Marder, our reflections on vegetal life have a fundamental importance in how we can reflect on our own conceptions of ethics, politics, and philosophy in general. Taking as his starting point the simple vegetal conception of grafting, Marder guides the reader through his concise and numerous reflections on what could be described as a (...)
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  12. Gatherings Symposium: Beyond Presence?Jussi M. Backman, Taylor Carman, Daniel Dahlstrom, Graham Harman, Michael Marder & Richard Polt - 2019 - Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual 9:145-174.
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    Anti-Nomad.Michael Marder - 2016 - Deleuze and Guatarri Studies 10 (4):496-503.
    This brief text offers a critique of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's concept of nomadism. It is shown that ‘nomadism’ functions as a compilation of unresolved contradictions, such as those of movement and rest, anarchy and order, numeric abstraction and concrete placement. I argue that, in the last instance, this concept bears allegiance to its etymological provenance from the Greek nomos and that it veers on the side of an economy, rather than an ecology, of being.
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    Frontmatter.Michael Marder - 2009 - In The Event of the Thing: Derrida's Post-Deconstructive Realism. University of Toronto Press.
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    Breathing “to” the Other: Levinas and Ethical Breathlessness.Michael Marder - 2009 - Levinas Studies 4:91-110.
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    Is a Philosophy of Nature Still Tenable?Michael Marder - 2022 - The Harvard Review of Philosophy 29:21-32.
    This article contemplates the possibility of a philosophy of nature in and for the twenty-first century. Following an examination of the contemporary critiques of the concept of nature, I propose an alternative approach, inspired by Heraclitus and Friedrich Schelling, according to which nature is not an archaic category, but something yet to come, to be invented and reinvented. At the same time, I argue that the irreducible futurity of nature needs to be set in the context of the current global (...)
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  17. On the Mountains, or The Aristocracies of Space.Michael Marder - 2012 - Environment, Space, Place 4 (2):63-74.
    Mountain peaks, like all uninhabitable and barely accessible environments, stand in the way of a clear-cut distinction between “place” and “space.” Building on the environmental thought of Aldo Leopold, as well as the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and twentieth-century phenomenology, I draw attention to this obscure in-between region and argue that the conceptual distinction must be subject to careful adumbration, depending on the concrete place where it is employed. Subsequently, mountains are theorized as the sites of friction between earth and (...)
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    The Sense of Seeds, or Seminal Events.Michael Marder - 2015 - Environmental Philosophy 12 (1):87-97.
    In this text, I suggest that we approach the theme of “the event” through vegetal processes, concepts, and metaphors. Mediated through plant life, the event unfolds along three axes: 1) that of excrescence, or the out-growth, which is how plants appear in the world; 2) that of expectation, or the out-look, waiting for germination and ultimately for fruition; and 3) that of the exception, or the out-take, which extracts the seed from the closed circuit of potentiality and actuality, committing it (...)
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    The Place of Plants: Spatiality, Movement, Growth.Michael Marder - 2015 - Performance Philosophy 1 (1):185-194.
    Considering the ways in which plants move and shape the places of their growth, this article suggests that performing arts should account for the vegetal model of movement. The implications of including plants in the category of “moving beings” are vast, as they touch upon the dynamic relation between immanence and transcendence, questions of time-scales appropriate to different kinds of beings and their responses to the environment, and phenomenologies of place corresponding to diverse forms of life. I argue that although, (...)
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  20. History, Memory, and Forgetting in Nietzsche and Derrida.Michael Marder - 2004 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 9 (1):137-157.
    In this article I begin to explore Friedrich Nietzsche’s and Jacques Derrida’s philosophies of history in terms of the persistence of forgetting within (non-subjective) memory. In section I, I shall outline the totalizing production of history understood as an unsuccessful attempt to erase the indifference of animality and the difference of madness. The following two sections are concerned with the particular kinds of non-subjective memories—memorials—that arise in the aftermath of this erasure and include writing and the archive (section II), as (...)
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    Existential Utopia: New Perspectives on Utopian Thought.Michael Marder & Patricia Vieira (eds.) - 2011 - Continuum.
    Radical political thought of the 20th century was dominated by utopia, but the failure of communism in Eastern Europe and its disavowal in China has brought on the need for a new model of utopian thought. This book thus seeks to redefine the concept of utopia and bring it to bear on today's politics. The original essays, contributed by key thinkers such as Gianni Vattimo and Jean-Luc Nancy, highlight the connection between utopian theory and practice. The book reassesses the legacy (...)
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    What Needs to Change in Our Thinking about Climate Change.Michael Marder - 2020 - Environmental Philosophy 17 (1):9-17.
    In this article I argue that, the consciousness of climate change will remain wanting, unless it reaches all the way to the level of self-consciousness. Interrelating the meanings of “climate” and “thinking,” I suggest that only an approach that shuns subjective mastery and distance will be adequate to this peculiar non-object.
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    The Weirdness of Being in Time: Aristotle, Hegel, and Plants.Michael Marder - 2021 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 54 (4):333-347.
    ABSTRACT In this short text, I analyze various senses of being in time. My claim is that time forms a weird interiority through an embrace of whatever is “in” it. I, then, flesh out this claim through a close reading of Book IV in Aristotle's Physics, while grafting each “measure of movement,” through which the Greek philosopher defines time, onto the movements of plants. The result is a twisting and turning, ramified, wayward temporality that holds every sense of being in (...)
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    Plant-Soul: The Elusive Meanings of Vegetative Life.Michael Marder - 2011 - Environmental Philosophy 8 (1):83-99.
    In this paper, I propose an ontological-hermeneutical approach to the question of vegetative life. I argue that, though it is a product of the metaphysical traditionthat from Aristotle to Nietzsche ascribes to the life of plants but a single function, the notion of plant-soul is useful for the formulation of a post-metaphysicalphilosophy of vegetation. Offered as a prolegomenon to such thinking about plants, this paper focuses on the multiplicity of meanings, the obscurity, and thepotentialities inherent in their life.
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    Should plants have rights?Michael Marder - 2013 - The Philosophers' Magazine 62 (62):46-50.
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    On Adorno's “Subject and Object”.Michael Marder - 2003 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2003 (126):41-52.
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    La política del fuego: El desplazamiento contemporáneo del paradigma geopolítico.Michael Marder - 2013 - Isegoría 49:599-613.
    Este artículo teoriza la transición del régimen global geopolítico (es decir, la política de la tierra) a régimen piropolítico, o la política del fuego. En base a filosofía política de Carl Schmitt, la tesis es que la certidumbre, estabilidad y orden arraigados en la tierra están desplazados por la anomia del fuego, como un símbolo y dominio concreto de lo político hoy.
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    Introduction.Russell A. Berman & Michael Marder - 2009 - Télos 2009 (147):3-13.
    Do we face a new rule of lawlessness? On the high seas, in matters of international law and human rights, and even in domestic prosecutorial practices, any grounds to place one's trust in the lawfulness of order seem increasingly elusive. The New World Order appears to be no order at all; the century of secular universalisms leaves us in the state of a general and all-encompassing nihilism. Still, rather than signaling a dead end rife with global despair, the collapse of (...)
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    Carl Schmitt's “Cosmopolitan Restaurant”: Culture, Multiculturalism, and Complexio Oppositorum.Michael Marder - 2008 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2008 (142):29-47.
    Disentangling Complexio OppositorumCarl Schmitt's Roman Catholicism and Political Form (1923) features a term, the importance of which political philosophy has yet to fathom. This notion is complexio oppositorum, describing Catholicism as “a complex of opposites”: “There appears to be no antithesis it [Roman Catholicism] does not embrace. It has long and proudly claimed to have united within itself all forms of state and government.…But this complexio oppositorum also holds sway over everything theological.”1 The striking depth and breadth of the complex (...)
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    Introduction.Michael Marder & Russell A. Berman - 2012 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2012 (161):3-7.
    ExcerptThis issue of Telos explores the contours of politics after metaphysics as the horizon for an appropriate response to today's unabating politico-economic crisis. Profound challenges to core institutions of modernity—free-market economy, political liberalism, and parliamentary democracy—have emerged: the expansion of the state into civil society, the subordination of rights to security, and the growth of executive authority. Critical Theory developed, historically, in response to what Max Horkheimer labeled the “authoritarian state,” which has now overflowed the limits of the national polity (...)
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    Natality, Event, Revolution: The Political Phenomenology of Hannah Arendt.Michael Marder - 2013 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 44 (3):302-320.
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  32. Vegetal entwinements in philosophy and art: a reader.Giovanni Aloi & Michael Marder (eds.) - 2023 - Cambridge, Massaxhusetts: The MIT Press.
    A reader of previously published and new material (interviews with artists and theorists) devoted to the new and growing field of critical plant studies, and a reader that practices what it covers by arranging and intertwining its contents through a non-hierarchical and articulated manner that allow for different, alternate reading pathways.
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  33. Introduction.Russell A. Berman & Michael Marder - 2009 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2009 (147):3-13.
  34. Auto-Heteronomy: Thoreau's Circuitous Return to the Vegetal World.Michael Marder - 2021 - In Branka Arsic? & Vesna Kuiken (eds.), Dispersion: Thoreau and vegetal thought. Bloomsbury Academic.
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  35. Building a new world: Luce Irigaray: teaching II.Michael Marder (ed.) - 2015 - New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
     
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  36. Beyond History in History: Historiographic Threads in Foucault and Lévinas.Michael Marder - 2005 - Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 34 (4):419-442.
  37. Contents.Michael Marder - 2009 - In The Event of the Thing: Derrida's Post-Deconstructive Realism. University of Toronto Press.
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  38. Conclusion: Post-Deconstructive Realism: Of What Remains.Michael Marder - 2009 - In The Event of the Thing: Derrida's Post-Deconstructive Realism. University of Toronto Press. pp. 135-142.
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  39. Hermeneutic Communism as (Weak) Political Phenomenology.Michael Marder - 2017 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2017 (180):205-211.
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    Hegel's energy: a reading of The phenomenology of spirit.Michael Marder - 2021 - Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press.
    This book integrates Hegel's The Phenomenology of Spirit and contemporary conversations about energy. By interpreting actuality as energy in the Hegelian corpus, the author provides a new lens for understanding the dialectical project and the energy⁰́₁starved condition of our contemporaneity.
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  41. Heidegger: phenomenology, ecology, politics.Michael Marder - 2018 - Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
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    Pyropolitics in the World Ablaze.Michael Marder - 2020 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    This new edition includes recent examples of the uses and accusations of ‘incendiary speech’ both by Donald Trump and by European populist right and exploration of threats of global warming that have now reached a turning point in our collective relation to the dangers and promises of fire.
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  43. The Antinomies of Refugee Reason.Michael Marder - 2022 - Télos 2022 (198):113-123.
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    The Phoenix complex: a philosophy of nature.Michael Marder - 2023 - Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
    An innovative look at philosophies of nature across cultures and traditions through the common thread of burning nature down in order to be reborn over and over again.
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    On the Verge of Respect: Ontological and Phenomenological Investigations into Plant Ethics.Michael Marder - 2013 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (1):247-265.
    In contrast to the legal, metaphysically laden, and epistemological paradigms, the ontological interpretation of respect concerns not only the relation between the “subject” and the “object” but also the being of the respected and the respecting. This paper develops an ontology of respect with regard to the human treatment of plants and teases out the meanings of vegetal life that germinate in this relation. What is at stake, I claim, is not so much an objective ontology as the phenomenological disclosure (...)
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    From the Concept of the Political to the Event of Politics.Michael Marder - 2009 - Télos 2009 (147):55-76.
    “From the concept of the political to the event of politics”: as always, the title is a promise and a contract. In keeping with this titular undertaking, which outlines a certain itinerary or trajectory, the reader might expect to be guided from the abstract sterility of the concept to the concrete level of political events as they unfold in history, from a higher to a lower level of analysis, from the general to the singular, from the speculative (in the Hegelian (...)
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    Gianni Vattimo, From Z to A.Michael Marder - 2011 - Télos 2011 (154):164-169.
    ExcerptIt is only fitting that the readers of Telos should be introduced to the thought of contemporary Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo at a certain “end” marked by the last lesson he gave on the occasion of his retirement from the University of Turin on October 14, 2008. Announced here is the coming to a close of a lecture course and of a long and illustrious university career, though not the end of an active theoretical and political engagement. (As far as (...)
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    Différance of the 'Real,'.Michael Marder - 2008 - Parrhesia 4:49-61.
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    After the Fire: The Politics of Ashes.Michael Marder - 2012 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2012 (161):163-180.
    Two fires are kindled at the threshold of the metaphysical era, and both are extinguished, almost simultaneously, as soon as metaphysics exhausts itself in its final Nietzschean inversion. The political reality of the twenty-first century is, as a whole, a comet tail of these ancient blazes that, until recently, seemed to be older than time itself, gave the impression of being eternal, undying, inextinguishable. How to find one's bearings among the cinders and ashes of what the flames consumed? How to (...)
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    Betrayal: A Philosophy.Michael Marder - 2020 - Research in Phenomenology 50 (1):79-98.
    This essay imagines the shape a phenomenology of betrayal would assume at the limits of phenomenology. With Caravaggio’s 1602 painting Cattura di Cristo for an aesthetic backdrop, I consider the paradoxical structure of betrayal with its interwoven strands of a surplus disclosure and a breach of trust. I go on to elaborate the relation of this complex term, at once positive and negative, to time, conceptuality, and truth. Ultimately, I am interested in how betrayal as a limit of phenomenology, where (...)
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