On the Vegetal Verge (with Saint Hildegard)

Michael Marder Artículo en Revista 2019 Grupo Consolidado

Comparative and Continental Philosophy

This article is a meditation, developed in dialogue with the thought of twelfth-century German mystic and saint Hildegard of Bingen, on the various senses of the verge. Besides connoting a temporal and spatial edge, the verge unites such apparently disparate things as virginity and virility, vigor and virtue, veracity and viriditas – Hildegard’s original term for the vegetal principle of “greening green,” allowing for the self-reproduction of all finite existence. I show how, in the shadow of vegetality, the verge sparks a series of sudden reversals in which, figured as “the greenest branch,” Virgin Mary is imbued with a greater strength than the Flower-Child she carries, and plant life is endowed with vigor animating the rest of creation.

Marder, M. (2019). On the Vegetal Verge (with Saint Hildegard). Comparative and Continental Philosophy, 11(2), 137-146.