Russell Berman began his work with Telos as an intern in the mid-1970s before becoming an editorial associate in 1979. In 2004, after the death of Paul Piccone, Russell assumed the role of editor of Telos. Russell considered Paul one of his best mentors, teachers, and friends. In turn, Paul regarded Russell as one of those closest to the spirit of Telos, someone who could carry on the journal’s legacy of an uncompromising appeal to lived creativity as well as to the generative force of tradition. Paul built an international community of intellectuals of diverse opinions, bringing European thought into the American discussion, a groundwork that Russell has both maintained and expanded.
Since Russell became editor with Telos 128, the journal has featured issue-length discussions of Critical Theory, Carl Schmitt, Theodor Adorno, terrorism, religion, and Italian Fascism, as well as special issues on Peter Szondi, China, and Hans Blumenberg. Russell has also added new editorial associates to the board, including Aryeh Botwinick, Jay Gupta, Michael Marder, and Marcia Pally, as well as associate editors Adrian Pabst and Kiron Skinner.
Some of the authors that Russell introduced to the journal were subsequently published in Telos Press Publishing’s growing book line, which now includes Frederik Stjernfelt and Jens-Martin Eriksen’s The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism and Matthias Küntzel’s Jihad and Jew-Hatred. Russell also served as editor of Ernst Jünger’s The Adventurous Heart: Figures and Capriccios and contributed the preface to the Telos Press edition of Jünger’s On Pain.
Russell Berman is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University as well as a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.