Telos 168 · Fall 2014
The West: Its Past and Its Prospects

Far more than a geographical term, the West is a name given to lineages of thought from antiquity to the modern world. In cultural and political debates, Western values are invoked that are linked historically to a deep tradition specifically dedicated to desiderata such as freedom and individual dignity. As the competition between East and West reemerges as the defining feature of world affairs, a broad discussion of the West, its past and its prospects, is urgently needed.
Read Russell A. Berman's introduction to Telos 168 here.
The New Class Conflict
by Joel Kotkin

In ways not seen since the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century, America is becoming a nation of increasingly sharply divided classes. Joel Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict shows how the rise of a high-tech oligarchy, along with academia, the media, and the government bureaucracy, is creating a new class order, largely at the expense of the middle class.
 
The Forest Passage
by Ernst Jünger

Now available!
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.
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The Telos-Paul Piccone Institute: Critical Theory for Practical Problems

By The Telos-Paul Piccone Institute

Earlier this month, the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute hosted its second Telos in Europe conference, focusing on "The Idea of Europe," in L'Aquila, Italy, and we will be posting a number of papers from the conference in the coming weeks on this blog. In the meantime, we would like to take a moment to share with you the Institute's mission, activities, . . . (continue reading)

Rethinking Class Conflict in American Society

By Telos Press

Writing at the Financial Times today, Daniel Ben-Ami reviews Joel Kotkin's The New Class Conflict, now available from Telos Press. Save 30% when you order your copy in our online store. Any serious attempt to understand the US's current impasse by moving outside the conventional framework should be welcome. The stale pairings of liberal and conservative, right and left, no longer . . . (continue reading)

Kafka in Eastern Europe

By Johanna K. Schenner

In "Franz Kafka in Eastern Europe," Antonin J. Liehm addresses the impact of Kafka on both the communist literary sphere and the regime following the May 1963 Liblice Conference, an international symposium dealing with Kafka's life and work. At first glance, this symposium does not appear to be remarkable: Kafka, known for such works as "The Metamorphosis" (1915) and "The . . . (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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