Telos (journal)

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Editor Russell Berman
Categories Politics, Philosophy, Critical Theory, and Culture
Frequency Quarterly
Founder Paul Piccone
First issue 1968
Company Telos Press
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0090-6514

Telos is an academic journal published in the United States. It was founded in May 1968 to provide the New Left with a coherent theoretical perspective. It sought to expand the Husserlian diagnosis of "the crisis of European sciences" to prefigure a particular program of social reconstruction relevant for the US. In order to avoid the high level of abstraction typical of Husserlian phenomenology, the journal began introducing the ideas of Western Marxism and of the critical theory of the Frankfurt School.[1][2][3]

With the disintegration of the New Left and the gradual integration of what remained of the American Left within the Democratic Party, Telos became increasingly critical of the Left in general. It subsequently undertook a reevaluation of 20th century intellectual history, focusing primarily on forgotten and repressed authors and ideas, beginning with Carl Schmitt and American populism. Eventually the journal rejected the traditional divisions between Left and Right as a legitimating mechanism for new class domination and an occlusion of new, post-Fordist political conflicts. This led to a reevaluation of the primacy of culture and to efforts to understand the dynamics of cultural disintegration and reintegration as a precondition for the constitution of that autonomous individuality critical theory had always identified as the telos of Western civilization.[4][5][6]

Telos Press Publishing[edit]

Telos Press Publishing, founded by Paul Piccone, is the publisher of both the journal Telos as well as a separate book line. Based in New York City, it is widely known for having introduced English-speaking audiences to the works of Ernst Jünger, György Lukács, Theodor Adorno, Carl Schmitt, Jean Baudrillard, Matthias Küntzel, Jean-Claude Paye, Lucien Goldmann, Gustav Landauer, and Péter Szondi. Among others the journal has published original contributions from Claude Lefort, Paul Feyerabend, Cornelius Castoriadis, Jürgen Habermas and Jean-François Lyotard. Telos Press Publishing's current book editor is Timothy Luke.

The Telos Institute[edit]

Main article: Telos Institute

The Telos Institute is an organization affiliated with Telos that hosts annual conferences to examine scholarly topics such as "social theory, political philosophy, intellectual history, and contemporary culture."[7] The current director of the Telos Institute is David Pan, who also serves as the Review Editor for Telos.[8]

TELOSscope blog[edit]

TELOSscope[9] is Telos Press Publishing's blog. Displayed on the main page of the website and updated several times a week, TELOSscope posts original essays, question-and-answers with authors and intellectuals, and introductions to journal issues. In September 2009 Telos Press launched TELOSthreads, an initiative designed to showcase Telos’s online archives. As part of this initiative, staff bloggers regularly highlight an article from a past issue of Telos and use it as a springboard for further reflection about the article's topic. An index of subject categories is available on the Telos Press website, which allows visitors to browse journal articles according to their shared themes and concerns.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Gary Genosko, "The Arrival of Jean Baudrillard in English Translation: Mark Poster and Telos Press (Part I)," International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, vol. 1, no. 2 (2004).
  2. ^ Timothy Luke, "The Trek with Telos: A Remembrance of Paul Piccone (January 19, 1940—July 12, 2004)", Fast Capitalism, vol. 1, no. 2 (2005).
  3. ^ Kenneth Anderson, "Telos, the critical theory journal and its blog," November 18, 2007.
  4. ^ Danny Postel, "The metamorphosis of Telos," In These Times, April 21-30, 1991.
  5. ^ Russell Jacoby, The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe (New York: Basic Books, 1987): 151-52.
  6. ^ Jennifer M. Lehmann, Social Theory as Politics in Knowledge (New York: Emerald Group Publishing, 2005): 81-82.
  7. ^ The Telos Institute
  8. ^ The Telos Institute: Contact Information
  9. ^ TELOSscope Blog