Category Archives: Horticultural hermeneutic

Species thinking

Dipesh Chakrabarty uses the phrase “species thinking” to characterize a major twist in social theory. This is a mode of thinking that takes humanity-as-species for its object: a shift from the condition of “species being” as invoked by Marx, towards … Continue reading

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What is a garden?

In The Wild Life of Our Bodies, biologist Rob Dunn characterizes the appendix as “a Zen garden of microbial life.” This metaphor arises in his discussion of changing medical views about this strange organ’s function—doctors shifted from seeing this “dangly … Continue reading

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Doubling terms, like “native”

In thinking critically about the capacity of “native” to refer both to plants and people—or of terms like “diversity” to shift from botanical to managerial discourse—it is easy to focus on the role of metaphors—words that transposes one well-known domain … Continue reading

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