A philosophical perspective on plants.

Emanuele Coccia, Associate Professor in the History of Philosophy at the EHESS in Paris, presents his new book The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture (2019) recently published in English by Polity Press.

Emanuele Coccia’s book The Life of Plants looks at understanding why plants changed the world once and can do so again.

I would also like to recommend to watch the following video – a conversation with Emanuele Coccia and Alberto Parisi (Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at Harvard). They discuss the personal and scientific origins of the book The Life of Plants, its position regarding the so-called “plant turn”, and highlight some of its fascinating and provocative claims.



Coccia, E. (2018). The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture. Cambrigde, UK: Polity Press.

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