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Enlightenment and Ecology
Yavor Tarinski, ed.

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Enlightenment and Ecology: The Legacy of Murray Bookchin in the 21st Century

Yavor Tarinski, ed.

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"This anthology greatly sheds light not only on Bookchin’s ideas but also on the practices and actions of many different people and groups who have been inspired by those ideas."

Rafa Grinfeld in Undisciplined Environments

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Throughout his life, prophetic American philosopher Murray Bookchin created social ecology as a comprehensive social program for the challenges of our present era. Through tireless teaching, speaking, organizing, and writing, Bookchin presented a humanist vision of ecology based on community, direct democracy, and the better promises of the Enlightenment, showing how we could transform our society into one that is free and egalitarian.

Enlightenment and Ecology is an international collection of commemorative essays by scholars and activists who have each incorporated the ideas of social ecology into their own work. This book also examines how the Kurdish freedom movement is using the Bookchin’s utopian ideas. In a time of urgent need for radical change, these essays provide both precious historical lessons and a transformative road map.

Yavor Tarinski is independent researcher, activist and author. He participates in social movements around the Balkans, as well as in transnational organizations, dedicated to the production of grassroots knowledge. Author of the book Direct Democracy: Context, Society, Individuality (Durty Books 2019). Articles of his have been translated into 10 languages.

236 pages; 2021

Table of Contents

    • Preface by Yavor Tarinski
    • Introduction by Yavor Tarinski
    • Bookchin’s Theoretical Legacy
      • The Unique Contribution of Murray Bookchin to Political Thought by Jean-François Filion
      • Bookchin and the Legacy of Direct Democracy by Yavor Tarinski
      • Bookchin, Öcalan, and the Dialectics of Democracy by Janet Biehl
      • Murray Bookchin and Radical Agriculture by Brian Morris
      • The Ecology of Urban Regeneration by Eirik Eiglad
      • The Significance of the City for Social Ecology by Giorgos Papahristodoulou
      • On Hannah Arendt and Murray Bookchin: Bridging Intellectual Legacies by Jason Toney
      • Can Cyborgs Dream of Social Ecology by Nikos Vrantsis
      • On Connecting a New Scientific Economics with Social Ecology by Peter Piperkov
      • Reflections on "Limits of the City" by Kostas Papoulis
      • Murray Bookchin's Legacy of Freedom by Ramazan Kaya
      • On the Re-organization of Society: or Eco-Anarchism by Georgi Konstantinov
    • Bookchin’s Influence on Political Practice Around the World
      • Bookchin's journey to ancient and modern Greece by Stavros Karageorgakis and Niovi Hatzinikolaou
      • Murray Bookchin In Greece: The publication of his works and the impact of his ideas by Costas Despiniadis
      • Murray Bookchin and contemporary Greek social movements: The influence of social ecology on democratic political discourse by Alexandros Schismenos
      • Bookchin's Influence on Ocalan and the PKK's Evolution by Hawzhin Azeez
      • Bookchin and the Kurdish movement in Turkey by Reco Akgün
      • Spreading Murray Bookchin’s ideas in Germany by Wolfgang Haug
      • Montreal and Murray Bookchin by Dimitri Roussopoulos
      • From Athens to Cork: Collective Design as a Social Ecological Praxis of Community Building by Eve Olney
      • Murray Bookchin In Flanders Fields (Belgium) by Roger Jacobs
      • Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School (SEEDS—A Brief History) by Bob Spivey
      • A Revolutionary Agenda Whose Time has Come: an Emerging Municipalist Wave in France? by Theo Rouhette
      • Murray Bookchin in Italy by Selva Varengo
    • Conclusion by Yavor Tarinski

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