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Societies 2013, 3(1), 16-23; doi:10.3390/soc3010016
Of Plants, and Other Secrets
Received: 1 December 2012; in revised form: 20 December 2012 / Accepted: 21 December 2012 / Published: 27 December 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rethinking the Vegetal: Emerging Perspectives on Plants and Society)
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Abstract: In this article, I inquire into the reasons for the all-too-frequent association of plants and secrets. Among various hypotheses explaining this connection from the standpoint of plant morphology and physiology, the one that stands out is the idea that plants are not only objects in the natural environment, but also subjects with a peculiar mode of accessing the world. The core of the “plant enigma” is, therefore, onto-phenomenological. Positively understood, the secret of their subjectivity leaves just enough space for the self-expression and the self-interpretation of vegetal life.
Keywords: plant ontology; subjectivity; enigma; fetishism; phenomenology