Watch Out for Human Privilege: ‘Critical Plant Studies’ Criticizes Humans

, Spencer Irvine, 1 Comment

There’s a new theory in plant studies: ‘Critical Plant Studies.’ Per The College Fix, it focuses on the plants and plant life, while attacking human “privilege”:

Critical plant studies “aims to do for plants what human animal studies began to do for animal life over 20 years ago — attributing greater agency and autonomy to the non-human world strengthens the ethical standing of beings historically relegated to the lower rungs of the chain of life,” said John Ryan, honorary research fellow at the University of Western Australia, in a 2016 lecture hosted by UC Santa Barbara.