Telos 166 · Sprint 2014
After Faith

According to the secularization thesis, religious faith should have long ago disappeared, overwhelmed by the forces of progress. Yet while explicit membership in denominational communities is certainly less an obligatory feature of contemporary culture than it was a generation or two ago, modes of religion still play important roles in aspects of social life. This issue of Telos explores some of the ramifications of this afterlife of faith.
Read Russell A. Berman's introduction to Telos 166 here.

The Forest Passage
by Ernst Jünger

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Ernst Jünger’s The Forest Passage explores the possibility of resistance: how the independent thinker can withstand and oppose the power of the omnipresent state. No matter how extensive the technologies of surveillance become, the forest can shelter the rebel, and the rebel can strike back against tyranny. Jünger’s manifesto is a defense of freedom against the pressure to conform to political manipulation and artificial consensus.
Telos in Europe: The L'Aquila Conference
The Idea of Europe
September 5–8, 2014
L'Aquila, Italy

The focus of the conference is on the idea of Europe, which encompasses different conceptions and rival visions of what Europe is, could be, and should be. The conference organizers invite papers that address the complex dimension of this theme, whether in terms of Europe itself or Europe's ties with the rest of the world.
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Liberal Theory, Encumbrance, and the Antihero

By James King

The following paper was presented at the Eighth Annual Telos Conference, held on February 15–16, 2014, in New York City. In the perspective of many, the prime criticism of liberal theories of democratic politics is that such theories proceed with a certain false and idealized individual in mind—these are great theories, elegant or hubristic, but at bottom, theories and not "real . . . (continue reading)

Upcoming Telos Conferences in Australia, China, Italy, and the United States

By Telos Press

The Telos-Paul Piccone Institute has several important events in the works for 2014, including conferences and symposia in Melbourne, Australia, Beijing, China, L'Aquila, Italy, and Irvine, California. At the recent Telos Conference in New York City, David Pan, Executive Director of the Institute, outlined the themes for this year's conference.  . . . (continue reading)

The Legal Foundations of Individualism

By Mark S. Weiner

The following paper was presented at the Eighth Annual Telos Conference, held on February 15–16, 2014, in New York City. As the final speaker after a fascinating day of talks, I'll keep my comments brief. I'll be addressing two questions about democracy raised by our conference description: first, "the reasons for its rarity and volatility"; and, second, "the factors that are . . . (continue reading)

From the Publisher's Desk

Telos has always celebrated rejuvenation and renewal, and in recent years we’ve embraced that change in a variety of ways. We’ve taken Telos online and digitized our full forty-four year archive, allowing institutional subscribers from around the world to access the journal over the Internet. We’ve created a regular conference series in New York City and another more recently in Europe, which have brought together an increasing number of scholars to discuss today’s critical issues in politics and philosophy . . . (continue reading)

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