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Telos (journal)

Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline Politics, philosophy, critical theory, culture
Language English
Edited by Russell Berman
Publication details
Telos Press Publishing
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
Impact factor
ISSN 0090-6514
LCCN 73641746
OCLC no. 1785433
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Telos is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal established 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 United States. 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.[1][2][3]

With the disintegration of the New Left and the gradual integration of what remained of the 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.[4][5][6]

The journal is published by Telos Press Publishing and the editor-in-chief is Russell Berman (Stanford University). It is affiliated with the Telos Institute, which hosts annual conferences of which the proceedings are often published in Telos.


  • Abstracting and indexing 1
  • Telos Press Publishing 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Current Contents/Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Current Contents/Arts & Humanities.[7] According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 0.065, ranking it 133rd out of 138 journals in the category "Sociology".[8]

Telos Press Publishing

Telos Press Publishing was founded by Paul Piccone, the first editor-in-chief of Telos, and is the publisher of both the journal Telos as well as a separate book line. It is based in Candor, New York. The company is also affiliated


  1. ^ 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).
  2. ^ Timothy Luke, "The Trek with Telos: A Remembrance of Paul Piccone (January 19, 1940—July 12, 2004)", Fast Capitalism, vol. 1, no. 2 (2005).
  3. ^ Kenneth Anderson, , the critical theory journal and its blog,"Telos" November 18, 2007.
  4. ^ , April 21-30, 1991.In These Times," TelosDanny Postel, "The metamorphosis of
  5. ^ Russell Jacoby, The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe (New York: Basic Books, 1987): 151-52.
  6. ^ Jennifer M. Lehmann, Social Theory as Politics in Knowledge (New York: Emerald Group Publishing, 2005): 81-82.
  7. ^ "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science.  
  8. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Sociology". 2013  

External links

  • Official website
  • Telos Press Publishing
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