TELOS (journal)


TELOS (journal)

Infobox_Magazine
title = TELOS

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editor = Russell Berman
frequency = Quarterly
category = Politics, Philosophy, Critical Theory, and Culture
company = [http://www.telospress.com Telos Press]
firstdate = 1968
country = United States
language = English
website = [http://www.telospress.com/ http://www.telospress.com]
issn = 0090-6514

"TELOS" is an academic journal published in the United States. It was founded in May 1968 to provide the New Left with a coherent theoretical perspective. It sought to expand the Husserlian diagnosis of "the crisis of European sciences" to prefigure a particular program of social reconstruction relevant for the US. In order to avoid the high level of abstraction typical of Husserlian phenomenology, the journal began introducing the ideas of Western Marxism and of the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School. [Gary Genosko, "The Arrival of Jean Baudrillard in English Translation: Mark Poster and Telos Press (Part I)," "International Journal of Baudrillard Studies", vol. 1, no. 2 (2004).] [Timothy Luke, "The Trek with "Telos": A Rememberance of Paul Piccone (January 19, 1940—July 12, 2004)", "Fast Capitalism", vol. 1, no. 2 (2005).] [Kenneth Anderson, [http://kennethandersonlawofwar.blogspot.com/2007/11/telos-critical-theory-journal-and-its.html "Telos", the critical theory journal and its blog,"] November 18, 2007.]

With the disintegration of the New Left and the gradual integration of what remained of the American Left within the Democratic Party, "TELOS" became increasingly critical of the Left in general. It subsequently undertook a reevaluation of 20th century intellectual history, focusing primarily on forgotten and repressed authors and ideas, beginning with Carl Schmitt and American populism. Eventually the journal rejected the traditional divisions between Left and Right as a legitimating mechanism for new class domination and an occlusion of new, post-Fordist political conflicts. This led to a reevaluation of the primacy of culture and to efforts to understand the dynamics of cultural disintegration and reintegration as a precondition for the constitution of that autonomous individuality Critical Theory had always identified as the telos of Western civilization. [Danny Postel, "The metamorphosis of "Telos"," "In These Times", April 21-30, 1991.] [Russell Jacoby, "The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe" (New York: Basic Books, 1987): 151-52.] [Jennifer M. Lehmann, "Social Theory as Politics in Knowledge" (New York: Emerald Group Publishing, 2005): 81-82.]

Telos Press Publishing

Telos Press Publishing, founded by Paul Piccone, is the publisher of both the journal "TELOS" as well as a separate book line. Based in New York City, it is widely known for having introduced English-speaking audiences to the works of Carl Schmitt, Jean Baudrillard, Matthias Küntzel, Jean-Claude Paye, Lucien Goldmann, Gustav Landauer, Péter Szondi and various other European political philosophers. Telos Press Publishing's current book line editor is Timothy Luke.

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