Michael Marder

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Michael Marder
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Alma mater New School for Social Research
Website www.michaelmarder.org
Era 21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Continental philosophy

Michael Marder is Ikerbasque Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Professor-at-Large at the Humanities Institute of Diego Portales University in Chile.[1][2] He works in the phenomenological tradition of Continental philosophy, environmental thought, and political philosophy. He also claims there are ethical concerns surrounding plant life and the consumption of plants.


Marder studied at universities in Canada and the U.S. He received his PhD in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York City.[3] Marder carried out post-doctoral research in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and taught at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan.[4]


Marder 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.[5] before accepting the Ikerbasque research professorship at the University of the Basque Country.[6]

Marder is an editorial associate of the Journal Telos (New York)[7] and an editor of four book series: "Political Theory and Contemporary Philosophy" Series,[8] "Critical Plant Studies",[9] "Future Perfect: Images of the Time to Come in Philosophy, Politics, and Cultural Studies",[10] and "Palgrave Studies in Postmetaphysical Thought.[11]

Marder has authored and edited a number of books, as well as writing opinion pieces for the New York Times[12][13] and Al Jazeera.[14][15] He maintains a blog, "The Philosopher's Plant" at the Los Angeles Review of Books.[16] He also co-curates a weekly forum, "The Philosophical Salon".[17]

Philosophical contributions[edit]

Marder has developed a philosophy of plants.[18] 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 also written on the ethical implications of what he calls plant-thinking.[19][20]


  • Marder, Michael (2017). Energy Dreams : Of Actuality. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0231180597. 
  • Irigaray, Luce; Marder, Michael (2016). Through Vegetal Being : Two Philosophical Perspectives. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0231173865. 
  • Marder, Michael (2016). Grafts : Writings on Plants. Univocal Publishing. ISBN 9781937561673. 
  • Marder, Michael (2016). The Chernobyl Herbarium : Fragments of an Exploded Consciousness. Open Humanities Press. ISBN 978-1785420269. 
  • Marder, Michael (2016). Dust (Object Lessons). Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-1628925586. 
  • Marder, Michael (2015). Pyropolitics : When the World Is Ablaze. Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc. ISBN 978-1783480296. 
  • Marder, Michael (2014). The Philosopher's Plant : An Intellectual Herbarium. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0231169035. 
  • Marder, Michael (2014). Phenomena-Critique-Logos : The Project of Critical Phenomenology. Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc. ISBN 978-1-78348-025-8. 
  • Marder, Michael (2013). Plant-Thinking : A Philosophy of Vegetal Life. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0231161251. 
  • Marder, Michael (2010). Groundless Existence : The Political Ontology of Carl Schmitt. [S.l.]: Continuum. ISBN 978-1441180001. 
  • Marder, Michael (2009). The Event of the Thing : Derrida's Post-Deconstructive Realism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-1442612655. 


  1. ^ "Michael Marder at IKERBASQUE". ,
  2. ^ "Michael Marder at UDP". 
  3. ^ "New School PhD Dissertation". Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Michael Marder (reading and signing)". 
  5. ^ "Department News" (PDF). Duquesne Graduate Philosophy News. 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Michael Marder faculty page at Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Science
  7. ^ "About the Editor". Telos. 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Bloomsbury - Political Theory and Contemporary Philosophy". Bloomsbury. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Critical Plant Studies: Philosophy, Literature, Culture". Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Future Perfect: Images of the Time to Come in Philosophy, Politics and Cultural Studies". Rowman & Littlefield International. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Palgrave Studies in Postmetaphysical Thought". Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ [2]
  14. ^ Marder, Michael (24 November 2014). "What is a Jewish nation state?". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  15. ^ Marder, Michael (12 January 2015). "What else was paraded in Paris". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ [4]
  18. ^ "Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life". Columbia University Press. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  19. ^ Marder, Michael (21 January 2013). "The time is ripe for plant rights". Aljazeera.com. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  20. ^ Marder, Michael (2013). "Should plants have rights?". The Philosophers' Magazine. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 

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