Telos 178 · Spring 2017
Original Sin in Modernity

Telos 178 explores the complicated history of original sin in modernity, its influence and operation in modern politics and culture, and the important methodological questions it raises for political theology.
Read Steven Knepper and Robert Wyllie's introduction to Telos 178 here.

Mastering the Past:
Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe
and the Rise of Illiberalism
by Ellen Hinsey

Through a series of eyewitness reports, Ellen Hinsey's Mastering the Past documents a critical shift in the Central and Eastern European political landscape: the rise of illiberalism. Available March 1.
Free Radicals:
Agitators, Hippies, Urban Guerrillas, and Germany’s
Youth Revolt of the 1960s and 1970s
by Elliot Neaman
With a Foreword by Timothy W. Luke

Elliot Neaman's Free Radicals presents a comprehensive panorama of the West German youth revolt in the 1960s,
as well as its subsequent fragmentation and descent into
terrorism in the 1970s.
Land and Sea:
A World-Historical Meditation
by Carl Schmitt

Translated by Samuel Garrett Zeitlin
Edited and with Introductions by
Russell A. Berman and Samuel Garrett Zeitlin

Now available in a richly annotated English translation, Carl Schmitt’s Land and Sea outlines Schmitt’s views of world history, geopolitics, warfare, and the politics of space.
Sturm
by Ernst Jünger

Translated by Alexis P. Walker
With an Introduction by David Pan

Set in 1916 in the days before the Somme offensive, Ernst Jünger's World War I novella Sturm provides a vivid portrait of the front-line experiences of four German infantry officers and their company. Now available for the first time in English translation, Sturm tells a powerful story of war and its effects on the lives of the men who endure it.
Eumeswil
by Ernst Jünger

Translated by Joachim Neugroschel
With an Introduction by Russell A. Berman

Ernst Jünger's Eumeswil, a brilliant dystopian novel set in a totalitarian city-state in a post-apocalyptic future, presents a comprehensive synthesis of Jünger’s mature thought, with a special emphasis on the possibilities for individual freedom in a technologically monitored postmodern world.
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Carl Schmitt and the Nineteenth-Century Catholic Reaction on Original Sin

By Brian J. Fox

Carl Schmitt is frequently assumed to have primarily been a Catholic intellectual, or Christian political theologian, at least until becoming alienated from the Church in the mid-1920's. The jurist's book Political Theology is quite logically a main source of evidence for this standard interpretation of Schmitt's intellectual biography. However, an assumption of Schmitt's Catholic, or even simply Christian, bona fides . . . (continue reading)

Oikonomia Leaves Home: Theology, Politics, and Governance in the History of the West

By John Milbank

Is there any genealogical connection between Christian oikonomia and modern political economy? Originally the turning of polity into household and interpersonal "pastoral" rule was not sinister but an advance. Likewise the Christian doctrines of Trinity and Incarnation resolved rather than sustained aporias of the reserved versus the economizing deity. However, later developments with the Franciscans, Palamites, and Jansenists effectively undid . . . (continue reading)

The Biopolitics of Asymmetry: Interrogating the Humanity of Drone Warfare

By Sarah Earnshaw

In response to a speech given by Obama in 2013 on his administration's counterterrorism policy, popularly referred to as his "drone speech," General William Nash commented that Obama "has begun the transition from a perpetual war to a more normalized security framework." I address this normalization of the categorization and control of life within a global threatscape. Much of the . . . (continue reading)

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