The 2024 Telos Conference in New York: Democracy Today?

Democracy Today

David Pan

After a regrettable pause in our weekly newsletters, we are now back on track and are introducing you this week to the theme of our next New York conference in March 2024. We hope that you will be able to submit a paper proposal.

As 2024 promises to be a raucous election year in the United States, we will be taking up the theme of democracy today. While the idea of democracy remains a guiding influence for many in the world struggling against various forms of authoritarianism in places such as Ukraine, Venezuela, Myanmar, or Hong Kong, the view of democracy looks less appealing within the Western democracies themselves. On the one hand, the polarization of party politics has shaken liberal confidence in democratic institutions, and both the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States blame each other for exploiting the legal apparatus to persecute political enemies. On the other hand, democratic decision-making and action have been undermined by the managerial bureaucracies that dominate within government and corporations. How serious are these threats to democracy and how might our democracies address the threats that both digitally enhanced demagoguery and managerial bureaucracy pose to their survival? Our upcoming Telos-Paul Piccone Institute conference in New York on March 22–23, 2024, will address the topic of “Democracy Today,” and we invite your submissions of paper proposals. Please see our call for papers here.

Now Available!

Telos 202 (Spring 2023): Narratives of Belonging

Edited by Hartmut Behr and Felix Rösch

Assuming that the desire for a sense of belonging is an anthropological constant, even as the conceptualization of respective articulations as “identity” is problematic, this special issue of Telos and its contributions aim at stimulating a reflection upon the tension between “identity” as a concept and idea that is deeply entrenched in our philosophical, political, and social language and a more flexible, conceptually and politically open articulation of humans’ quest for belonging. The contributions to this special issue are guided by identifying anti-essentialist, inclusive narratives of belonging that help to turn being into becoming, time into temporality, history into historicity, and development into genealogy, and to elaborate the tension between essentializing and temporalized notions of being.
Read more about Telos 202 in the TELOSscope blog
New from Telos Press Publishing


Drugs and Altered States

by Ernst Jünger

Translated by Thomas Friese
Edited and with an Introduction by Russell A. Berman

Approaches: Drugs and Altered States
Ernst Jünger
Paperback • 406 pages
Also available as Kindle ebook at Amazon.com

Telos Press Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of Ernst Jünger’s Approaches: Drugs and Altered States, now available in English translation.

In Approaches, Jünger describes his experiences with drugs over the course of his life, ranging from youthful drinking sprees, through experiments with hashish and morphine, to more powerful psychotropic substances like mescaline, peyote, and LSD. Taking his readers on a remarkable journey from beer to hallucinogens, he provides fascinating vignettes from key moments in Germany’s troubled twentieth century. Approaches is also a fundamentally philosophical, even spiritual journey toward hidden dimensions of existence that, in Jünger’s view, have been eclipsed by the ambient noise of modern life. The ecstatic altered states provided by drug use, he claims, can help us approach them and find a deeper truth.

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