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What Vegetables Are Saying about Themselves

What Vegetables Are Saying about Themselves

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Published by Timothy Morton
A presentation accompanying a talk by Tim Morton at The Secret Life of Plants, Princeton University, May 3, 2013.
A presentation accompanying a talk by Tim Morton at The Secret Life of Plants, Princeton University, May 3, 2013.

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Published by: Timothy Morton on May 04, 2013
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What Vegetables
are Saying
 About Themslves
Tim Morton
 
In order to consider something good, I must always knowwhat sort of thing the object is [meant] to be; i.e., Imust have a [determinate] concept of it. Flowers, freedesigns, lines aimlessly intertwined and called foliage:these have no significance, depend on no determinateconcept, and yet we like [
gefallen
] them.Kant,
Critique of Judgment
,
§
4 (49)
 
Consider flowers, blossoms, even the shapes of entireplants, or consider the grace we see in the structure ofvarious types of animals, which is unnecessary for theirown use but is selected, as it were. Consider above allthe variety and harmonious combination of colors, solikable and charming to our eyes (as in pheasants,crustaceans, insects, down to the commonest flowers);since these colors have to do merely with the surface,and even there have nothing at all to do with the figure[i.e., (visible) structure] of these creatures
 —
whichmight be needed for these creatures' inner purposes afterall
 —
is seems that their sole purpose is to be beheld fromthe outside.Kant,
Critique of Judgment
 
§
58 (221
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