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ISBN 978-9985-58-728-7 Paperback
237 pages

Surma and 
The Gift of Death (in Estonian)
Jacques Derrida 
Translated from French by Mart Kangur

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"The Gift of Death" contains the French philosopher Jacques Derrida's (1930-2004) most profound reflections on religion to date. While continuing to explore questions introduced in "Given Time" such as the possibility or impossibility of giving, and the economic and anthropological nature of gifts, Derrida examines the concept of "responsibility" and the ultimate gifts of life and death.
Derrida has divided the book into four parts, which deal respectively with the development of the concept of responsibility in the Platonic and Christian traditions; the relationship between sacrifice and mortality; the contemporary meaning of the story of Abraham and Isaac; and the connections between religious ideology and economic rationality, which explicitly link this book with "Given Time."
This work resonates with much of Derrida's earlier writing and will be of interest to scholars of anthropology, philosophy, and, of course, literary criticism. In addition, given the emphasis on the work of Kierkegaard and on the role of religion in our thinking, it will be of particular interest to a new readership among academics in the fields of ethics and religion.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-729-4 Paperback
328 pages

Tõhususe traktaat 
Treatise on Efficacy (in Estonian)
François Jullien
Translated from French and commented by Margus Ott

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François Jullien’s Treatise on Efficacy has proven to be of central importance in the intellectual debate between East and West during the last decade. In his analysis of Western and Chinese concepts of efficacy, Jullien analyses diverging patterns of action in warfare, politics, and diplomacy in the two civilizations. The Western model of efficacy, inherited from the ancient Greeks' conception of action, seeks to attain a predetermined goal directly through voluntary and assertive action. The Chinese tend to evaluate the power inherent in a situation (shi) and transform it through nonassertiveness, relying on the "propensity" of results to take place without intervention. Jullien shows how these Western and Chinese strategies function in several domains and provides a unique perspective on our understanding of action, time and reality.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-727-0 Paperback
392 pages

Humanitaarteaduste metodoloogia 
Methodology of Humanities: New Perspectives (in Estonian)
Edited by Marek Tamm

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Perusing the list of titles of humanitarian and social science books and articles in recent years, one is led to believe that we are living in a time of „turns”. Linguistic, cultural, pictorial, cognitive and performative „turns” are the most relevant in this context. „Methodology of Humanities”presents an overview of the most important developments in the humanitarian sciences over the last decade. 

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ISBN 978-9985-58-723-2 Paperback
158 pages

Ptahhotepi elutarkus
The Wisdom of Ptahhotep (in Estonian)
Translated from the ancient Egyptian language and commented by Sergei Stadnikov 

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The Wisdom of Ptahhotep is an ancient literary work attributed to Ptahhotep, a vizier King Isesi of the Egyptian Fifth Dynasty ca 2414-2375 BC. It is a collection of maxims and advice on the topic of human relations, written in the sebayt genre, that are directed to his son. Having lived to an old man, the king decided to pass on his experience via a collection of sayings.
Miraculously preserved, his work could lay claim to being the oldest book in the world; it offers not only wisdom, but also exceptional insight into the life and philosophy of the ancient world.
Ptahhotep's work is crucial to our understanding of the golden age of the Ancient Empire.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-722-5 Paperback
159 pages

Catilina vandenõu
The Conspiracy of Catiline (in Estonian)
Gaius Sallustius Crispus 
Translated from Latin and commented by Maria-Kristiina Lotman, Kai Tafenau

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The topic of Sallust's The Conspiracy of Catiline is the bloody rebellion of young Roman aristocrats during the final decades of the Roman Republic. It was led by Lucius Sergius Catilina, who hoped to seize power with the help of the impoverished and debased aristocrats. Although they suffered a devastating defeat, the memory of this terrible event remained in the Roman consciousness for hundreds years.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-714-0 Paperback
308 pages

Пограничные Феномены Культуры. Перевод. Диалог. Семиосфера 
The Cultural Borderline. Translation. Dialogue. Semiosphere (in Russian)
Edited by Tatjana Kuzovkina, Igor Pilštšikov, Nikolai Poseljagin and Mihhail Trunin

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This collection contains materials from the first Lotman Days at Tallinn University (2009), which are related to issues such as cultural and linguistic borderlines and marginal and transitional phenomena, and the challenges associated with comprehension, dialogue and translation.
The book consists of three sections: the first is comprised of papers which develop Yuri Lotman's views on translation and the theory of the semiosphere.
The second section is devoted to the history of Russian culture and its interaction with those of Western Europe.
The articles in the third section discuss the challenges of Russian-Estonian, German-Estonian, and Czech-Estonian multicultural dialogues from the perspectives of Lotman's ideas.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-721-8 Paperback
244 pages

Mis on kultuuriajalugu? 
What is Cultural History? (in Estonian)
Peter Burke
Translated by Triinu Pakk, foreword by Marek Tamm

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This exciting introductory text offers an accessible guide to the past, present and future of cultural history, as it has been practised not only in the English-speaking world but in Continental Europe, Asia, South America and elsewhere.
Burke begins by providing a discussion of the `classic' phase of cultural history, associated with Jacob Burckhardt and Johan Huizinga, and of the Marxist reaction, from Frederick Antal to Edward Thompson. He then charts the rise of cultural history in more recent times, concentrating on the work of the last generation, often described as the `New Cultural History'. He places cultural history in its own cultural context, noting links between new approaches to historical thought and writing and the rise of feminism, postcolonial studies and an everyday discourse in which the idea of culture plays an increasingly important part. 
What is Cultural History? will be an essential textbook for all students of history as well as those taking courses in cultural, anthropological and literary studies.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-718-8 Paperback
344 pages

Tantsupoliitika 
Choreographic Politics: State Folk Dance Companies, Representation and Power (in Estonian)
Anthony Shay
Translated by Pille Kruus
Preface by Heili Einasto

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The first in-depth analysis of state-sponsored, professional dance ensembles.
Over the past fifty years national dance companies from Turkey, Egypt, Mexico, Greece, the former USSR and Croatia have dominated concert stages throughout the world. Anthony Shay makes coherent sense of these national programs, which have previously received scant academic attention. Specifically, he looks at the ways through which these companies spread political, ethnic and cultural messages by accruing symbolic and cultural capital for their respective nation-states. In his analysis, Shay draws on cultural studies, political science and anthropology to create a work that cuts across disciplines.
As the first book to address the topic of state-sponsored folk dance ensembles and their structures, Choreographic Politics examines the repertoires, performances and choreographic strategies of these companies within the political, social, gendered and ethnic contexts in which each company was created. In addition, Shay’s study includes a look at music, costumes, and various artistic directors and choreographers.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-715-7 Paperback
318 pages

Metafoorid, mille järgi me elame 
Metaphors We Live By (in Estonian)
George Lakoff, Mark Johnson
Translated by Ene Vainik, preface by Mihhail Lotman
 
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In "Metaphors We Live By", George Lakoff and Mark Johnson comprehensively and coherently introduce the basic principles of conceptual metaphor theory. Metaphors, in addition to their connection with language and speech, characterize the distinctively human understanding of the world on a conceptual level. People not only speak, but also think and act metaphorically. 
Various metaphors allusively direct our lives, and their connection with the physical basis of experience and the cultural values of human existence are discussed. Dominant philosophical concepts about truth, meaning, notions, and understanding are questioned in the light of metaphor theory. 
The book is written in an easily accessible style and appeals to a wide audience.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-717-1 Paperback
408 pages

Otsides kogukonda sotsialismijärgses keskuskülas. Arenguantropoloogiline uurimus 
Seeking Community in Post-Socialist Central Village (in Estonian)
Aet Annist

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The book explores the community-building initiatives of a British-funded participatory development programme in two centralised villages in southeastern Estonia and people’s daily experiences of co-existence in those villages. The data was gathered in 2002-2004 and provides ethnographies of both the villages and the programme.
Uniting the tradition of East European village ethnographies with the anthropological studies of development process, the author aims to present Estonian public with an anthropological study of Estonian society in the midst of recent changes in technologies of power and governmentality.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-716-4 Paperback
240 pages

Essee sõprusest 
Essay on Friendship (in Estonian)
Toomas Raudam

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Raudam’s “Essay on Friendship” describes a series of chance meetings of ideas and men. Did the late Derrida ever speak to his close friend Agamben after their bitter quarrel over the meaning of friendship? Did Heidegger ask forgiveness for his ill-considered words and dreadful deeds during the time of Hitler’s regime? Did the notorious Hitler plead guilty to having given the world-famous philosopher cause to be gravely mistaken? That which never happened is commonplace in this book. The book provides a short overview of the development of the concept of friendship since Aristotle wrote the fatal words: “O my friends...”
Below the surface of the whirlpool of Derridian “what-if’s” is the moving story of the narrator’s own family – his caring father, loving mother, and their son as a little boy, grieving over his existence.
Toomas Raudam has written novels, short stories, scripts and essays. His “Contre Saint-Proust” received the National Endowment award for the best essay of 2003.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-712-6 Paperback
349 pages

Ökokogukonnad retoorikas ja praktikas 
Ecovillages in rhetoric and practice (in Estonian)
Edited by Airi-Alina Allaste

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Utopian concepts of a better way of living in communities have existed throughout the ages. Ecovillages could be considered as the 21st century iteration that is seeking solutions to the problems of contemporary communities – to the hazards to the environment and to the loneliness that has resulted from an individualistic lifestyle.
“Ecovillages in rhetoric and practice” is a collective monograph about ecovillages in Estonia and is based on sociological research. The phenomenon is described from different perspectives and the voluminous collection gives an overview of social movements, ideologies, childraising and education, new gender roles, etc. From the point of view of social science, the movement could be considered as typical of contemporary communities: the everyday choices one makes contribute to changing the world.
This is the first book in the Lifestyles series, the purpose of which is to introduce original research about lifestyles in Estonia. The editor, Airi-Aline Allaste, is a professor of sociology and the head of the Department of Lifestyle Studies. The collection is multidisciplinary and the authors’ approaches are based on anthropology, educational sciences and semiotics.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-711-9 Paperback
410 pages

Testo e metodoProspettive teoriche sulla letteratura italianaText and Methods: Theoretical Perspectives on Italian Literature (in Italian)
Edited by Daniele Monticelli, Licia Taverna

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Recent studies of humanities methods and theory have drawn attention to the ambiguity of disciplinary boundaries and the need to develop interdisciplinary approaches. Nevertheless, collective works on literature are still mainly composed on the basis of a shared disciplinary paradigm, and comprised of authors who are associated with a common methodological approach.
“Testo e Metodo” is a bold attempt to assemble research which was undertaken according to different theoretical frameworks. Scholars from Italy, Estonia and France explore the results of applying philological, historic-critical, philosophical, semiotic, geocritical, and anthropological conceptual tools to literary texts. The common rationale of all the contributions is a critical attention to the conceptual arsenal and the epistemological limits that it imposes on the research with regard to specific texts. This self-analyzing attitude on the part of the researcher exposes the particular method to a revitalizing interplay with the analyzed text(s).
For scholars and teachers in the field of Italian literary studies, this book promotes innovative multidisciplinary perspectives; for students of literature, it illustrates different ways of approaching literary texts and describes the current state of the related debates.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-710-2 Paperback 
550 pages

Jumalik komöödia. Põrgu 
The Divine Comedy. The Hell (in Estonian)
Dante Alighieri
Translated by Harald Rajamets, commented by Ülar Ploom

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The Divine Comedy (la Divina Commedia in Italian) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered to be the preeminent work of Italian literature and is also seen as one of the greatest achievements of world literature. The poem's imaginative and allegorical vision of the afterlife is a culmination of the medieval world-view as it had evolved in the Western Church. It is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.
Hell (Inferno, 1314) is the first and the most highly regarded section of Dante’s chef d’oeuvre. On the surface, the poem describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, but on a deeper level, it is an allegorical representation of the soul's journey towards God. Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy, especially the writings of Thomas Aquinas.
Originally, the work was simply titled Commedia, but it was later christened Divina by Giovanni Boccaccio.
In 1910, V.G. Ridala made the first attempt to translate Dante’s Hell into Estonian. J. Semper took over the work in 1939, but the times were not favourable for translation. Harald Rajamets began his translation of Dante’s Hell at the beginning of the sixties, and now the result of 30 years of dedicated labour has finally been published.

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Paperback
ISSN 2228-0669
398 pages

Eesti Sõjaajaloo aastaraamat I (7) 2011 Väeteenistusest Eestis ja eestlastest väeteenistuses
Estonian Yearbook of Military History: Military Service in Estonia and Estonians in the Military Service (in Estonian) 

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The new periodical follows the traditions of the Laidoner Museum Yearbook, published between 2001 and 2007. The aim of the renewed yearbook is to share the results of high quality academic research in the field of Estonian military history.