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The Life of Plants


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Acknowledgments ix Author's Preface xi I Prologue 1 On Plants, or the Origin of Our World 3 2 The Extension of the Domain of Life 7 3 On Plants, or the Life of the Spirit 12 4 Toward a Philosophy of Nature 17 II Leaf Theory: The Atmosphere of the World 5 Leaves 25 6 Tiktaalik roseae 29 7 In Open Air: Ontology of the Atmosphere 35 8 The Breath of the World 54 9 Everything Is in Everything 66 III Theory of the Root: The Life of the Stars 10 Roots 77 11 The Deepest Are the Stars 86 IV Theory of the Flower: The Reason of Forms 12 Flowers 99 13 Reason Is Sex 105 V Epilogue 14 On Speculative Autotrophy 113 15 Like an Atmosphere 119 Notes 123

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Emanuele Coccia is Associate Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris.


"Back to animals! Back to mushrooms! And now back to plants! It is with plants that this marvellous, witty, and immensely literate book wants us, the human readers, to get acquainted again. And, of course, with plants it is actually toward the sun that we are reoriented. Philosophy is on the move again, not exactly forward but downward, giving a completely different meaning to what counts as a foundation to thought." Bruno Latour "The view of life as interdependence is a particularly affecting and relevant way to think about living and coping in the Anthropocene, when the ways that humans affect the literal composition of the atmosphere has become the existential question of our time." The Nation

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