Response to Marder

  • Gianni Vattimo
  • Santiago ZabalaEmail author
Part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics book series (CONT HERMEN, volume 6)


Michael Marder is a continental philosopher specializing in phenomenology. He is the author of several books on Derrida, Schmitt, and together with Jeffrey T. Nealon, works at the frontline of so called “plant studies.” A few years ago we wrote a foreword for his first book on plants as it entered within the field of research of weak thought. “Weak thought” has now marked its 35th anniversary since the publication of Gianni and Pier Aldo Rovatti’s edited collection Weak Thought (with contributions from Umberto Eco, Gianni Carchia, among others), and it has been almost 40 years since Gianni first used the concept in his essay “Towards an Ontology of Decline.” During all these decades, weak thought has not only confronted other philosophical stances, such as as neo-pragmatism and deconstruction, but also help the weak emerge as in the case of plants studies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TurinTurinItaly
  2. 2.Department of HumanitiesICREA/UPFBarcelonaSpain

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