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

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

Editors:  Vincent Gerber & Yavor Tarinski

Pages: 200

Publisher: Black Rose Books

Year: 2020

For online orders: Black Rose Books

About the book:
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.

About the editors:

Vincent Gerber is the author of several articles and two books in french on social ecology, including Murray Bookchin et l’écologie sociale (2013), a biography on the life and work of Murray Bookchin. He’s the foundator of the website Ecologie Sociale.ch that lists and gather all the publishing material available in french on social ecology. Living in Geneva, he works in a social housing cooperative.

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.

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 Significance of the City for Social Ecology by Giorgos Papahristodoulou

Can Cyborgs Dream of Social Ecology by Nikos Vrantsis

On Connecting a New Scientific Economics with Social Ecology by Peter Piperkov

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 Akgun

Spreading Murray Bookchin’s ideas in Germany by Wolfgang Haug

Montreal and Murray Bookchin by Dimitri Roussopoulos

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 Histor) 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

Book Reviews

Review of the Greek edition of “Limits of the City” by Kostas Papoulis

Review of the Turkish edition of “The Third Revolution Vol.1” by Ramazan Kaya

Review of the Bulgarian edition of “Remaking Society” by Georgi Konstantinov

Conclusion by Vincent Gerber

250 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2019

Paperback: 978-1-55164-709-8
Hardcover: 978-1-55164-711-1
Ebook: 978-1-55164-713-5

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