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Plants As Persons: A Philosophical Botany
By Matthew Hall and Harold Coward (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher State Univ of New York Pr
Publication date May 6, 2011
Pages 235
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781438434285
ISBN-10 1438434286
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.74 lbs.
Original list price $26.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: Challenges readers to reconsider the moral standing of plants.

Plants are people too? No, but in this work of philosophical botany Matthew Hall challenges readers to reconsider the moral standing of plants, arguing that they are other-than-human persons. Plants constitute the bulk of our visible biomass, underpin all natural ecosystems, and make life on Earth possible. Yet plants are considered passive and insensitive beings rightly placed outside moral consideration. As the human assault on nature continues, more ethical behavior toward plants is needed. Hall surveys Western, Eastern, Pagan, and Indigenous thought as well as modern science for attitudes toward plants, noting the particular resources for plant personhood and those modes of thought which most exclude plants. The most hierarchical systems typically put plants at the bottom, but Hall finds much to support a more positive view of plants. Indeed, some indigenous animisms actually recognize plants as relational, intelligent beings who are the appropriate recipeints of care and respect. New scientific findings encourage this perspective, revealing that plants possess many of the capacities of sentience and mentality traditionally denied them.

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