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Michael Marder

Michael Marder
Born (1980-05-03) May 3, 1980
Moscow, Russia
Website .org.michaelmarderwww
Era 21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Continental Philosophy

Michael Marder (born (1980-05-03)May 3, 1980) is Ikerbasque Research Professor of Philosophy [1] at the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz. He works in the phenomenological tradition of Continental philosophy, environmental thought, and political philosophy.[2] He also claims there are ethical concerns surrounding plant life and the consumption of plants.

Education and academic work

Marder studied at universities in Canada and the US. He received his PhD in Philosophy at the St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan.[4][5] Prior to accepting the Ikerbasque research professorship at the University of the Basque Country, he carried out research in phenomenology (philosophy) as an FCT fellow at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.[6]

Philosophical contributions

Marder has developed a philosophy of plants.[7] He argues that, while philosophers tend to refrain from raising ontological and ethical concerns with plant life, it is necessary to put this life at the forefront of the deconstruction of Western metaphysics. Marder has recently written on the ethical implications of what he calls plant-thinking.[8][9]

He has also made contributions to contemporary political thought, phenomenology, theory of utopia, and deconstruction, with original studies of Jacques Derrida, Carl Schmitt, critical phenomenological tradition, and pyropolitics, or "the politics of fire".

Editorial activities

Marder is an editorial associate of the Journal Telos (New York)[10] and an editor of four book series: "Political Theory and Contemporary Philosophy" Series,[11] "Critical Plant Studies",[12] "Future Perfect: Images of the Time to Come in Philosophy, Politics, and Cultural Studies",[13] and "Palgrave Studies in Postmetaphysical Thought.[14]

He has also edited the following books:

  • with Luce Irigaray, "Building a New World" (Palgrave, 2015)
  • with Peter Trawny & Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, Martin Heidegger "On Hegel's Philosophy of Right: The 1934-5 Seminar and Interpretative Essays" (Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • with Gianni Vattimo, "Deconstructing Zionism: A Critique of Political Metaphysics" (Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • with Santiago Zabala, "Being Shaken: Ontology and the Event" (Palgrave, 2014)
  • with Patricia Vieira, "Existential Utopia: New Perspectives on Utopian Thought" (Continuum, 2011)

Books Authored

Articles in The New York Times

  • "Dusting the Furniture of Our Minds"[15]
  • "A Fight for the Right to Read Heidegger"[16]
  • "What Do We Owe the Future?" (w/ Patricia Vieira)[17]
  • "Is Plant Liberation on the Menu?"[18]
  • "If Peas Can Talk, Should We Eat Them?"[19]
  • "Jokes and Their Relation to Crisis"[20]


Marder maintains a blog, "The Philosopher's Plant" at the Los Angeles Review of Books.[21] He also co-curates a weekly forum "The Philosophical Salon"[22]


  1. ^ Michael Marder faculty page at Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Science
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External links

  • - Marder's webpage
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