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.
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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

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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 14–15, 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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Toward a Sociological Aesthetics of the Contemporary Art System

By Carlos Kong

"The function of art can be traced to problems of meaningful communication," writes sociologist Niklas Luhmann in Art as a Social System.[1] The entanglement of art, functionality, and society that Luhmann calls into question forms the fundamental thesis of art historian Matthew Rampley's "Art as a Social System: The Sociological Aesthetics of Niklas Luhmann," from Telos 148 (Fall 2009). Rampley suggests . . . (continue reading)

Telos 169 (Winter 2014): A Return to Politics

By Russell A. Berman

Telos 169 (Winter 2014) is now available for purchase in our store. In recent years, there has been much hand-wringing over widespread apathy, not only among young generations but throughout the public. Politics, so critics have been claiming, has become a matter exclusively of media manipulation, of a manufactured consensus foisted on a malleable citizenry. This dystopian vision allegedly held . . . (continue reading)

Michael Millerman on Alexander Dugin, Russia's Ideological Mastermind

By Telos Press

On The Agenda with Steve Paikin, Michael Millerman discusses the philosophy of Alexander Dugin and its influence on Vladimir Putin and contemporary Russian geopolitics. It's a wide-ranging interview that covers Dugin's theory of Eurasianism, his critique of the West and liberal democracy, the defense of Russia as a unique, non-Western civilization in its own right, the compatibility of Dugin's anti-communism . . . (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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