Heidegger's Philosophical Botany

Moyle, Tristan (2017) Heidegger's Philosophical Botany. Continental Philosophy Review, 50 (3). pp. 377-394. ISSN 1573-1103

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Heidegger, in his 1929/30 lecture course translated as Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics, argues that for being x to count as a living being it must be capable of i) engaging in active behaviour ii) with a form of intentional directedness that iii) offers to human beings a ‘sphere of transposition’ into which we can ‘transpose themselves’. Heidegger discusses i)-iii) in relation to animals but if the argument is sound these categories must also apply to plants. However, the ontology of plants is missing. This paper is an attempt to make good on this omission. The argument is that plants are active self-movers, their movements displaying a rudimentary form of motor intentionality.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Heidegger, Botany, Plants
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Dr Tristan Moyle
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2016 07:43
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:58
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/700851

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