Nealon explores the (liminal yet significant) role played by concepts of vegetable life within biopolitical discussions of life in the humanities today. Where Nealon, following Foucault, suggests that modernity has been primarily invested in an animal model of life, he argues that plants-- and the modes of being associated with them (nonindividuated, lacking in "world")--need to be accounted for in our debates around life under late late capitalism, and in the face of global climate change. A brilliant reconsideration of the importance of plant life for contemporary theory.
Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016
Nealon, Jeffrey T., “Plant Theory: Biopower and Vegetable Life,” Legacies of the Enlightenment, accessed October 1, 2023, https://enlightenmentlegacies.org/items/show/148.