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The 2021 Telos Conference in New York City: Civilizational States and Liberal Empire—Bound to Collide?
Recent Conferences
The 2020 Telos Conference in New York City: After the Welfare State: Reconceiving Mutual Aid The 2019 Telos Berlin Conference: Europe‚Äôs Constitutional Challenges as a Problem of Culture The 2019 Telos Conference: Political Theology Today as Critical Theory of the Contemporary: Reason, Religion, Humanism The 2018 Telos Israel Conference: Asymmetricality, the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict, and Abrahamic Peace The 2018 Telos Europe Conference in Italy: The Endurance of Empire Fifty Years of Telos: 50th Anniversary Event in New York City The 2018 Telos Conference in New York City: Constitutional Theory as Cultural Problem Telos in Moscow: After the End of Revolution: Constitutional Order amid the Crisis of Democracy The 2017 Telos Conference in New York City: Asymmetrical Warfare Telos India: Democracy and Secular Sectarianism Telos in Europe: The 2016 Berlin Conference: Sacrifice The 2016 Telos Conference in New York City: Beyond Nostalgia Telos in China: The Concept of the People and Consumer Society The 2015 Telos Conference in New York City: Universal History Europe and the World: World War I as Crisis of Universalism Telos in Europe: The 2014 L'Aquila Conference: The Idea of Europe Telos in China: Cosmopolitanism and China Telos Australia: Reconceiving Naturalism Panel Discussion on Italian Jews and Fascism

The Telos-Paul Piccone Institute

Critical Theory for Practical Problems

Our Perspective

The Telos-Paul Piccone Institute develops new ideas for addressing the challenges of modernity worldwide through the resources of particular communities and traditions. Centered around a unique international group of scholars and practitioners, the Institute combines critical analyses of issues of modernity with a sense for alternative approaches in order to create innovative policy ideas. At the same time, the focus on communities and traditions grounds this vision in terms of local perspectives and decision-making.

How We Are Unique

Continuing the journal's legacy of independence, the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute is not tied to any specific school, university, or interest group. Its work in areas such as social theory, political philosophy, aesthetics, and contemporary culture stands out from other academic institutions in that its problem-oriented focus allows for both the productive use of ideas from multiple scholarly disciplines and a bridging of the divide that all too often exists between academia and the world at large. By bringing a multiplicity of voices into critical engagement with one another, this approach enables pioneering research and fresh ideas for public policy debates.

What We Do

Through regular, international conferences, the Institute promotes scholars working in all parts of the world in order to develop a unique perspective on current events, including issues of democracy, authoritarianism, cross-cultural conflict, the relation of religion and politics, economic crises, and the contemporary meaning of technology and the natural sciences. The resulting research is made available through the affiliated journal Telos, which has maintained an international reputation as a source of intellectual innovation since its inception in 1968.

In order to ensure that the discussion is as inclusive as possible, the Institute actively supports the work of both accomplished scholars and not-yet-established researchers, organizing meetings in locations worldwide, offering grants to researchers, and providing free subscriptions to the journal. The Telos-Paul Piccone Institute thus creates a truly international public space for well-informed debate of the issues that face us all but that demand context-specific responses.





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