Luce Irigaray and Andrea Wheeler in conversation on “Through Vegetal Being” (Columbia University Press, 2016), “Angelaki” 2017, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 177-181.
In this interview the philosopher Luce Irigaray discusses her book “Through Vegetal Being” co-authored with Michael Marder. In response to questions, she distinguishes the human relationship to the environment and to other human beings. She describes how we must change our manner of relating to nature, beginning with our own: to learning how to coexist as a natural being among others instead of dominating the natural world. We must cultivate our instincts, free ourselves from traditions and elaborate a new education and sociocultural order and it is then that we will perceive that we cannot share with plants and animals all that we can share with another human being.
Creston Davis and Luce Irigaray having a conversation about one of her latest books “Through Vegetal Being” (co-authored with Michael Marder):
“Vegetal life in some way corresponds to a stage through which we must pass in order to develop as human beings. It is through the help of the vegetal world that we can go from a cultural phase to another without destruction or death, a thing that is particularly crucial in our nihilistic epoch.”
Without clean air, we have nothing – Luce Irigaray and Michael Marder, The Guardian, 17th March 2014
As smog contaminates Paris, Shanghai and other world cities, Luce Irigaray and Michael Marder explain why we should regard pollution as a crime against humanity.
Exclusive Interview with Luce Irigaray, FWSA newsletter February 2013
Evelien Geerts (Utrecht University) and Maud Perrier (University of Bristol, UK), participants in the 2012 seminar, interview Professor Irigaray for the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association newsletter and discuss the crisis academia faces in the UK and worldwide, women’s role in shaping the academy for future generations and why an ethics of sexuate difference is so vital for changing our world. (Many thanks to the FWSA for allowing us to publish this interview).