Author

Arjen Mulder

Arjen Mulder (b. 1955), biologist and essayist, is the author of three essay collections: Living Systems (2002), The Woman for Whom Cesare Pavese Committed Suicide (2005), and the widely praised What is Life (2014). Mulder’s works are multi-disciplinary and unconventional, containing insights from biology, media theory, anthropology and literature. In 2016 he published The Success Shunner about Swiss thinker Adrien Turel. He lives in Amsterdam and teaches media theory and social semiotics in Rotterdam and Ghent.

The Success Shunner

The Success Shunner

Adrien Turel and the roots of creativity

(1001, 2016, 239 pages)

In recent decades, it has become widely accepted that we are living in an anthropocene age, in other words, that we humans are responsible for the course of life on earth, that we have only ourselves to blame for such disasters as climate change and the mass extinction of species. In The Success Shunner, Arjen Mulder reconstructs the philosophical and academic basis for this fundamental new concept, following the largely-forgotten Swiss thinker Adrien Turel (1890-1957).

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As Plants See It

As Plants See It

A Plea for a Plant-based Planet

(De Arbeiderspers, 2019, 256 pages)

Without plants, animal life on earth cannot exist. Were plants to disappear, the food chains, deprived of oxygen and nutrition, would immediately collapse. And yet they remain a blind spot for the 21st century human.

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