The Woods (hyle) VLADIMIR BIBIKHIN Translated by Arch Tait “An encounter of English-speaking audiences with Vladimir Bibikhin has been long overdue. I cannot think of a better text for introducing this outstanding philosopher than his seminar The Woods. Here, Bibikhin is at his virtuoso best: navigating between ancient thought and contemporary biology, theology and philosophy, East and West... This book is sure to transform your way of thinking.” Michael Marder, author of Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life and The Philosopher's Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium In modern, urbanized societies, our engagement with the natural environment often seems controlled and distant, reduced to strolls through city parks or walks along well-trodden paths. Human life is now far removed from its prehistoric origins, when humans dwelt deep within the forests and depended on them for their survival. In this important book, Vladimir Bibikhin, one of Russia’s most influential 20th-century philosophers, argues that, although most humans now live far from the proximity of woods and forests, our existence remains profoundly linked with these spaces. It was Aristotle who first appreciated their primal role, even deriving his notion of “matter” from the Greek words for wood and forest. As timber, the woods may be seen as inanimate material, but at the same time they also constitute a living ecosystem and the source of energy and life. By opening up this duality, the woods are transformed from simple matter to a living environment, serving as a reminder that we belong to the world of biological life to a far greater extent than we usually think. Drawing on a wealth of writers and thinkers including Heidegger and Darwin, The Woods will be of interest to students and scholars in philosophy and the humanities generally, as well as to a wider readership concerned with environmental issues and our relationship to the natural world.
229 x 152mm / 416 pages / UK February 2021 / US April 2021 978-1-5095-2586-7 hb £60.00, $79.95, €73.90 978-1-5095-2587-4 pb £19.99, $28.95, €24.90 ebook available
The Tragedy of Property Private Life, Ownership and the Russian State MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Kennan Institute Translated by Arch Tait “The Tragedy of Property is the story of how Russia came to be as it is: a land of aspiration and anxiety, of challenge and opportunity, and of endless unasked questions. This book must be read by anyone who wants to understand where Russia is headed, and where we will meet it.” Samuel Greene, King's College London 229 x 152mm / 256 pages / 2018 978-1-5095-2700-7 hb £55.00, $69.95, €67.90 978-1-5095-2701-4 pb £17.99, $24.95, €23.90 ebook available
The Return of the Russian Leviathan SERGEI MEDVEDEV Higher School of Economics in Moscow Translated by Stephen Dalziel “Is Putin’s regime a Russian peculiarity or is it simply the Russian version of a global trend? Was it inevitable or was it accidental? If you are worried by these questions, read this passionately analytical book.” Ivan Krastev, Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia “This is the best treatise on contemporary Russia since John Reed’s pamphlet that shook the world one hundred years ago. Moving from the endangered Arctic to the occupied Crimea and from the politics of the body to memory wars, Medvedev reveals a political machine based on vanity, manipulation and fear of its own people. Broad-ranging in scope and mind-blowing in details, this book is a must for everyone who is concerned about Russia’s present and future.” Alexander Etkind, author of Internal Colonization: Russia’s Imperial Experience Russia’s relationship with its neighbours and with the West has worsened dramatically in recent years. Under Vladimir Putin’s leadership, the country has annexed Crimea, begun a war in Eastern Ukraine, used chemical weapons on the streets of the UK and created an army of Internet trolls to meddle in the US presidential elections. How should we understand this apparent relapse into aggressive imperialism and militarism? In this book, Sergei Medvedev argues that this new wave of Russian nationalism is the result of mentalities that have long been embedded within the Russian psyche. Whereas in the West, the turbulent social changes of the 1960s and a rising awareness of the legacy of colonialism have modernized attitudes, Russia has been stymied by an enduring sense of superiority over its neighbours alongside a painful nostalgia for empire. It is this infantilized and irrational worldview that Putin and others have exploited, as seen most clearly in Russia’s recent foreign policy decisions, including the annexation of Crimea. This sharp and insightful book, full of irony and humour, shows how the archaic forces of imperial revanchism have been brought back to life, shaking Russian society and threatening the outside world. It will be of great interest to anyone trying to understand the forces shaping Russian politics and society today.
WINNER OF THE 2020 PUSHKIN HOUSE BOOK PRIZE 229 x 152mm / 304 pages / 2019 978-1-5095-3604-7 hb £60.00, $74.95, €73.90 978-1-5095-3605-4 pb £17.99, $24.95, €23.90 ebook available
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