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    Carl Schmitt and Friedrich Hölderlin on the Earth.Hugo E. Herrera - 2024 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2024 (206):55-78.
    1. Two Approaches to the EarthIn several postwar texts, the earth increasingly receives attention from Carl Schmitt.1 In The Nomos of the Earth, the most important of these texts, he refers to Friedrich Hölderlin, a much earlier, very different author, who also considers the subject of the earth. Even though the positions of both are, ultimately, quite similar, they maintain significant terminological differences. Schmitt and Hölderlin both employ the word “nomos,” but in very different ways. Hölderlin regards “nomos” as “law” (...)
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    Carl Schmitt_, Don Quixote, _and the Public: A Commentary.Hannah Hunter-Parker & Nikolaus Wegmann - 2024 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2024 (206):105-127.
    ExcerptCarl Schmitt (1888–1985) is known as the most consequential German legal and political mind of the twentieth century.1 Many crimes of the Nazi regime found support in his conceptual justifications, and Schmitt is called the “Crown Jurist” of the Third Reich with good reason. Historians, political scientists, and sociologists must grapple with the author in order to understand the course of totalitarianism in modernity. Whether literary historians should do so is far less settled, though he was fascinated by their object (...)
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    The New Class Conflict Gets Worse.Joel Kotkin - 2024 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2024 (206):35-53.
    ExcerptOver the past decade, class divisions have grown across the globe. This class structure is not exactly like that described in Marx’s time; it is more complex, shaped by both new technology and the legacy of globalization.
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    The Jüngerian Question of Technology.Ryan Li - 2024 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2024 (206):179-182.
    ExcerptAlain de Benoist, Ernst Jünger: Between the Gods & the Titans. Edited by Greg Johnson. Translated by Greg Johnson and F. Roger Devlin. Budapest: Middle Europe Books, 2022. Pp. 180. The central figure in Alain de Benoist’s introductory volume on the life and work of Ernst Jünger is the Worker. He is an intelligent anchor for the volume, for he, of all of Jünger’s metaphorical symbols, most extensively occupies his thoughts throughout his long career. He also most fully characterizes modernity: (...)
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    Realist Internationalism and the Issue of Legitimacy.Anatol Lieven - 2024 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2024 (206):9-33.
    ExcerptWeak government is a negation of liberty.Francis LieberAfter the experiences of the past generation, it should be apparent that all too much of liberal internationalist thinking in America is not “internationalist” in any real sense at all. Internationalism, if it is to have any meaning as a word, must mean peace and cooperation between different nations, which by nature will have not merely different interests that must be reconciled but different political systems that must coexist.
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    Introduction.David Pan - 2024 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2024 (206):3-7.
    ExcerptWe often have the experience of intuiting something without being able to precisely define what that intuition is. Sometimes this intuition leads to a more well-defined insight, and sometimes it might lead to some kind of action, even in the absence of clear conceptual definitions. Yet it is difficult to ascertain what kind of knowledge or awareness such intuitions consist of. What is an intuition as opposed to a defined concept of something? How seriously should we take such intuitions? Are (...)
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    Pre-reflective Self-awareness and Polyperspectivity in Chinese Landscape Painting.Shiqin She - 2024 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2024 (206):79-103.
    I. The Paradox of “Judgment” and Pre-reflective Self-AwarenessIn “Fichte’s Original Insight” (1982), Dieter Henrich, the founder of the Heidelberg School, delivered a diagnosis of why three hundred years of Western explication of the internal structure of subjectivity proved to be fruitless. As Manfred Frank noted, “Seldom has so much food for thought been put in a nutshell.”1 Fichte had the “insight” that his predecessors, in their totality (and “nearly all his successors”2), including Kant, misconceived the reality of our self-consciousness as (...)
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    The Anaesthetic Crisis of Work and Leisure: On Byung-Chul Han’s The Palliative Society.Ethan Stoneman - 2024 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2024 (206):171-177.
    ExcerptDrawing on the quasi-legal human experimentation programs designed and implemented by the CIA between the 1950s and 1970s, the television series Severance envisions the possible corporate uses of brainwashing and mind control. The narrative centers on employees of a technology company, Lumon Industries, who agree to undergo a medical procedure (“severance”) that separates non-work memories from work memories by implanting a microchip into the brain. Unfolding like a science fiction psychological thriller, the narration falls somewhere between omniscient and restricted. Viewers (...)
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    Narrative with Commentary: Levinasian Discourse Theory.Shira Wolosky - 2024 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2024 (206):129-150.
    ExcerptNarrative today is a commanding term for individual and group definition. Within literature and literary discussions, narrative structure has been treated in increasingly complex and multifaceted ways. However, as narrative has moved from literature into wider cultural circulation, such multiplicity and complexity can be lost. Narrative is embraced as the form in which experience takes meaningful shape. Each individual or each group has a story as their version of who they are, interpreted in each one’s terms and affirming each one’s (...)
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    Social Media Cannot Be the Public Sphere: On Network Opinion Field from Habermas’s Public Sphere.Zheng Zang & Yueqin Chen - 2024 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2024 (206):151-169.
    1. IntroductionFirst and foremost, the public sphere is the sphere of our social life. Social media’s naturally low barrier to entry and strong participatory attributes have made it more deeply rooted in human social life than any other media before it. Consequently, many scholars have put forward views and theories arguing that the web is essentially a public sphere.
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