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216 x 138mm | 160 pages | November 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-3152-3 £50.00 | $64.95 | €65.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3153-0 £15.99 | $22.95 | €20.90 ebook available

The Life of Plants A Metaphysics of Mixture EMANUELE COCCIA Translated by Dylan Montanari In this groundbreaking account, philosopher Emanuele Coccia argues that, as the very creator of atmosphere, plants occupy the fundamental position from which we should analyze all elements of life. From this standpoint, we can no longer perceive the world as a simple collection of objects or a universal space containing all things, but as the site of a veritable metaphysical mixture. One distinctive implication of Coccia’s claim is that since the atmosphere of life is rendered possible through plants alone, life only perpetuates itself through the very circle of consumption undertaken by plants. In other words, life exists only insofar as it consumes other life, removing any moral or ethical considerations from the equation. In contrast to generalized discussions of nature and the cosmos, Coccia’s account brings the infinitely small together with the infinitely big, offering a radical redefinition of the place of humanity within the realm of life. This path-breaking account of the life of plants will appeal not only to students and scholars of philosophy but to a wide range of readers interested in our relation to the natural world. EMANUELE COCCIA is an Associate Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris.

190 x 124mm | 140 pages | October 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-3304-6 £35.00 | $45.00 | €44.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3305-3 £9.99 | $12.95 | €12.90 ebook available


The Transitory Museum EMANUELE COCCIA & DONATIEN GRAU Translated by Tom Conley Today, as museums are facing increasing financial pressure and stores have become inventive locations for the conception of new modes of display, the once clear divide between art and commerce is no more. One place signifies a key stage in this evolution: 10 Corso Como in Milan. The term “concept store” was coined to describe this new form. It brings together objects for sale, artworks, books, clothes, accessories, and even souvenirs, blending commerce and contemplation, fashion and art. This first philosophical inquiry into a store aims to shed a new light on how categories that have governed our modern lives are being redefined today. It calls on us to re-engage with what we long considered to be separate: transcendence and immanence, human beings and their objects. EMANUELE COCCIA is an Associate Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. DONATIEN GRAU is Head of Contemporary Programs at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

‘A compelling case study of a transitional and ever-shifting space that is wholly in tune with the rhythm and pace of our time.’ – Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London

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