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Telos 169 · Winter 2014
A Return to Politics

Politics is now clearly entering a new, more volatile formation, marked by the anarchic dissemination of information, a truly global networking potential, and the emergence of unexpected allegiances. There is no self-evident common denominator in this eruption of political activity, except in the sense that unconstrained creative impulses have challenged the structures of traditional control. In Telos 169, we explore this return of politics in some of its crucial current contests as well as in the history of theorizing political aspirations.
Read Russell A. Berman's introduction to Telos 169 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.
Germany and Iran:
From the Aryan Axis to the Nuclear Threshold
by Matthias Küntzel

Matthias Küntzel’s Germany and Iran examines the history of the special relationship between Germany and the Islamic Republic of Iran, from its origins at the start of the last century to the ongoing controversy over Iran’s nuclear program. Drawing on new archival findings from Washington, DC, and Berlin, Küntzel traces the underpinnings of that relationship, which has survived every war, catastrophe, and revolution.

The 2015 Telos Conference
Universal History, Philosophical History,
and the Fate of Humanity
February 13–15, 2015
New York, NY

The 2015 Telos Conference will consider the project of universal history, its historical and philosophical basis, its viability in an age of globalization, its relation to universal values and human rights, and the aspects of modernity that would need to be addressed by universal history, such as science, technology, capitalism, ecology, and mass media.
 
The Forest Passage
by Ernst Jünger

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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Should the European Treaties Be Changed?

By Marco Patriarca

Before the present EU nation-states can aspire to a proper political unification, they should first integrate. In view of this, a few of their national Members of Parliament, professionally chosen and specially appointed, should become itinerant MPs and reside in other hosting EU states working with their national parliaments and not in Strasbourg. The European Central Bank should extend its . . . (continue reading)

Carl Schmitt on the Law, the Land, and the Sacred

By Beau Mullen

Central to Carl Schmitt's geophilosophy is his view that law is intrinsically linked to the physical location. This connection between the terra firma and the law is an essential element of what he refers to as nomos. Schmitt sees this as the most authentic form of law, distinguishable from views that perceive law as a normative or positive regime. In . . . (continue reading)

Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Erogeneity

By Carlos Kong

Renata Schlesier's "On the Alleged Demise of Vaginal Sexuality: A Mournful Account of the Relationship between Psychoanalysis and Feminism," from Telos 59 (Spring 1984), explores the common repressions that underscore the interconnected intellectual traditions of psychoanalysis and feminism. Schlesier delineates the limitations of both Freudian theories of sexuality and their feminist responses by emphasizing the problematic sociopolitical entanglement of female morphology . . . (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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