Acting on Death

  • Anna Chaltseva
Keywords: Death, nature, ecological philosophy, Andrei Platonov, Russian cosmism, Nikolai Fyodorov, Freya Mathews, Val Plumwood


In this essay, I focus on the problem of death as both a contemporary phenomenon that is either very weakly accounted for or even vilified and as a constitutive part of one’s experiential and decision-making abilities. I posit the need to somehow reintroduce death to our worldview as something acceptable. I investigate the overlapping of human-death and human- nature relationship in various strands of liberatory thinking, such as trans- and posthumanism and Russian cosmism. I subsequently turn to Andrei Platonov’s literary work as a depiction of liberation-in-progress and its complications and to the philosophies of Val Plumwood and Freya Mathews, the representatives of nature-centered, ecological philosophy. The two accounts have a common point of departure but nevertheless propose substantially different perspectives as to how the relations within and with nature are constructed. I conclude that the adoption of a more laissez-faire stance toward death also means a more careful consideration of nature’s value.

Author Biography

Anna Chaltseva

PhD researcher;
Boğaziçi University,
Bebek, 34342 Beşiktaş, Istanbul;


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How to Cite
Chaltseva, A. (2023). Acting on Death. Stasis, 14(2). Retrieved from