DisciplinePolitics, philosophy, critical theory, culture
Edited byRussell Berman
Publication details
Telos Press Publishing
0.065 (2013)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Telos
OCLC no.1785433

Telos is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal established in May 1968 with the intention of providing the New Left with a coherent theoretical perspective.


The journal 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][4]

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.[5][6][7]

The journal is published by Telos Press Publishing and the editor-in-chief is David Pan.[8] It is affiliated with the Telos Institute, which hosts annual conferences of which the proceedings are often published in Telos.

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.[9] 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".[10]

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.


  1. ^ Genosko, Gary (2004). "The Arrival of Jean Baudrillard in English Translation: Mark Poster and Telos Press". International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. 1 (2).
  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. ^ Luke, Timothy (2005). "The Trek with Telos: A Remembrance of Paul Piccone (January 17, 1940 — July 12, 2004)". Fast Capitalism. 1 (2): 137–141. doi:10.32855/fcapital.200502.015.
  4. ^ Kenneth Anderson, "Telos, the critical theory journal and its blog," November 18, 2007.
  5. ^ Danny Postel, "The metamorphosis of Telos," In These Times, April 21-30, 1991.
  6. ^ Russell Jacoby, The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe (New York: Basic Books, 1987): 151-52.
  7. ^ Jennifer M. Lehmann, Social Theory as Politics in Knowledge (New York: Emerald Group Publishing, 2005): 81-82.
  8. ^ "About the Editor". Telos Press. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  9. ^ "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  10. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Sociology". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2012.