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    Carl Schmitt on Culture and Violence in the Political Decision.David Pan - 2008 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2008 (142):49-72.
    Though he has become known to his detractors as a theorist who has replaced rational discourse with pure power in his theory of the decision, Carl Schmitt's notion of politics is, on a fundamental level, culturally and ethically based. This cultural and ethical conception of politics permeates his work, not only in texts about explicitly cultural issues, such as his 1916 study of Theodor Däubler's Expressionist Nordlicht or his meditation on the connection between politics and art in Shakespeare in Hamlet (...)
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    Introduction.David Pan - 2019 - Télos 2019 (187):3-7.
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  3. The Primitivist Critique of Modernity: Carl Einstein and Walter Benjamin.David Pan - 2001 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2001 (119):41-57.
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    Human Rights and Nation-State Sovereignty.David Pan - 2023 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2023 (203):99-108.
    ExcerptHuman rights organizations for the past few decades have generally attempted to promote international law against the principle of state sovereignty in order to establish human rights norms worldwide. This approach presumes the universality of human rights is in fundamental opposition to the principle of sovereignty because this principle can be used by governments to shield themselves from outside criticism. By contrast, the U.S. State Department’s Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights has outlined an approach that emphasizes not just (...)
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    Adorno's Failed Aesthetics of Myth.David Pan - 1999 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 1999 (115):7-35.
    InDialectic of Enlightenment Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno argue that reason, which claims to lead to truth, is always instrumental reason—a form of domination based on violence. Enlightenment, which aspired to emancipate society from the violence of myth, ends by reenacting this violence and turning back into myth.2 Jürgen Habermas attacks this argument for falling prey to an unbridled scepticism that fails to appreciate the achievements of modernity.3 For him, Horkheimer's and Adorno's radical critique of reason is analogous to Nietzsche's (...)
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  6. Culture and politics in Carl Schmitt-introduction.David Pan & Russell A. Berman - 2008 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 142:3.
     
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    Cosmopolitanism, Tianxia, and Walter Benjamin's “The Task of the Translator”.David Pan - 2017 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2017 (180):26-46.
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    Economy and Ecology: Federal Populism and the Devil in the Details of Universal Basic Income.David Pan - 2020 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2020 (191):137-162.
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    Introduction.David Pan - 2019 - Télos 2019 (188):3-9.
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    Introduction.David Pan - 2022 - Télos 2022 (198):3-8.
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    Introduction.David Pan - 2022 - Télos 2022 (199):3-10.
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    Introduction.David Pan - 2022 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2022 (200):3-13.
    ExcerptThe place of truth at the university has always been elsewhere. Scientific conclusions are after all hypotheses, subject to continuing examination and critique in a process that forever defers the arrival at a final truth. In addition to this unbridgeable temporal distance from truth, there is a spatial distance to the extent that the university is subject to a larger purposive context that stands outside of scientific activity itself. A researcher can be objective by being non-prejudicial in collecting facts and (...)
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  13. Introduction.David Pan - 2019 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2019 (186):3-7.
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  14. Introduction.David Pan - 2020 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2020 (190):3-8.
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    Introduction.David Pan - 2020 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2020 (191):3-9.
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    Introduction.David Pan - 2020 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2020 (192):3-9.
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  17. Introduction.David Pan - 2020 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2020 (193):3-11.
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  18. Introduction.David Pan - 2021 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2021 (194):3-8.
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  19. Introduction.David Pan - 2021 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2021 (195):3-10.
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  20. Introduction.David Pan - 2021 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2021 (196):3-8.
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    Introduction.David Pan & Julia Reinhard Lupton - 2010 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2010 (153):3-6.
    ExcerptIf recent discussions of Schmitt in these pages have made a broad case for the centrality of culture for his thinking, the current issue both specifies and generalizes this approach. The specificity derives from our focus on one key text by Schmitt that is often passed over but is in fact crucial for understanding his work. The generality is a result of the breathtaking sweep of issues that this text opens up for the contributors to this issue: the relation of (...)
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    Introduction.David Pan - 2023 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2023 (203):3-9.
    ExcerptOne of the most disappointing human rights debacles in the last few years was the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. For those who still take an interest,1 the human rights situation there has become horrendous, with Human Rights Watch documenting the denial of schooling and employment to women, extrajudicial killings, and torture.2 Moreover, in a severe rebuttal to those who supported the withdrawal, Taliban rule has created the conditions for a renewal of terrorist groups that can now develop and (...)
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    Introduction.David Pan - 2023 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2023 (204):3-9.
    ExcerptOld-style leftists have puzzled over how today’s left-liberals have abandoned traditional left-wing goals such as reducing class inequality and improving working-class standards of living. A key reason lies with the shifting of the politics of class. As Paul Piccone and Fred Siegel argued over thirty years ago in these pages,1 the problem of class is no longer a question of capitalists against workers. According to a recent Gallup poll, 61 percent of U.S. adults own stock,2 and such capitalist ownership, while (...)
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    Introduction.David Pan - 2023 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2023 (205):3-8.
    ExcerptOne of the most challenging aspects of the wars in Ukraine and Israel is the way in which the conflicts have been constantly shifting in form. In the first place, there is a conventional ground war between Russia and Ukraine, in which the identity and will of the two peoples are at stake. Yet Russia has used weapons supplied by Iran and North Korea, and Ukraine relies on NATO for its own supplies, indicating that this war depends on the maintenance (...)
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    In Memoriam: Fred Siegel.David Pan - 2023 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2023 (203):177-179.
    ExcerptFred Siegel’s passing on May 7th of this year was a profound loss for us all. A frequent guest and participant at our events, he contributed to Telos from the 1980s to the 2020 publication of his last book, The Crisis of Liberalism: Prelude to Trump. His ideas had a defining impact on Paul Piccone and the journal’s development, laying the foundations for what would become the Telos populist critique of liberalism. With a keen ear for the right turn of (...)
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    Introduction.David Pan - 2022 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2022 (201):3-11.
    ExcerptIn concluding that “All political action has then in itself a directedness towards knowledge of the good: of the good life, or of the good society,”1 Leo Strauss describes an essential link between power and values. Because the power to make decisions about our future cannot be separated from the fundamental goals and ultimate meaning of our lives, we cannot exercise power that would be divorced from some set of values. Even the narrowest understanding of self-interest must come to terms (...)
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    Myth and Rationality in Politics: Carl Schmitt, Thomas Hobbes, and Liberalism's Materialist Quandary.David Pan - 2018 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2018 (183):95-112.
  28. Nationalism, Liberalism, and World Order.David Pan - 2017 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2017 (178):194-196.
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  29. Populism and the Humanities.David Pan - 2017 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2017 (179):195-198.
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    Populist Politics and the New Campus Culture Wars.David Pan - 2017 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2017 (181):229-231.
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    Political Theology for Democracy: Carl Schmitt and John Dewey on Aesthetics and Politics.David Pan - 2012 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2012 (161):120-140.
    The Metaphysics of the Decision Recent attempts to merge democratic theory with political theology have had to face a fundamental difficulty in the approach to sovereignty. While Carl Schmitt bases sovereignty in the decision on the exception, this idea runs counter to the democratic idea that sovereignty resides with the people and therefore cannot be exercised by a single authoritative leader. This problem leads Jeffrey Robbins, for instance, to attempt to imagine political theology without sovereignty. For him, such an elimination (...)
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    State, Movement, People: Representation and Race in the Construction of Political Identity.David Pan - 2019 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2019 (189):87-108.
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    The Cultural Basis of Twenty-First-Century World Order: From World Literature to World Literatures.David Pan - 2019 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2019 (188):211-217.
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    The Crisis of the Humanities and the End of the University.David Pan - 1998 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 1998 (111):69-106.
    John Henry Newman begins his Idea of a University by claiming that the university “is a place of teaching universal knowledge.”1 But instead of referring to “universal” and all inclusive as Newman suggests, the word university was originally derived from the medieval Latin sense of universitas, meaning “a society, company, corporation, or community regarded collectively.”2 Newman's effacement of the corporate origins of the university in favor of universality reflects a transformation of the university in the course of the 19th century (...)
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    The Future of Higher Education — A Conference Report.David Pan - 1998 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 1998 (111):3-14.
    The old political exigencies which justified the expansion of government budgets for higher education (the space race, the Cold War, the growth of state bureaucracies) have now given way to demands for reductions in government spending, even for weapons. Though the decline in government support for higher education has been partially made up by parents of undergraduates for the last decade, college tuition increases are approaching their limits. On the one hand, colleges and universities confront reduced budgets and cuts in (...)
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    The Invisible Hand of the Chinese Communist Party.David Pan - 2022 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2022 (199):99-105.
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    The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and the Rise of the Nation-State.David Pan - 2022 - Télos 2022 (199):171-174.
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    The Sovereignty of the Individual in Ernst Jünger's The Worker.David Pan - 2008 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2008 (144):66-74.
    Individualism and nationalism are often held to be competing or even mutually exclusive concepts. Hannah Arendt, for instance, in The Origins of Totalitarianism, argues that a focus on the rights of the individual could have provided an antidote to the kind of racist nationalism established by the Nazis.1 According to this logic, the more firmly individual rights are defended, the less dangerously nationalist the resulting society will be, because individuals' goals and desires will not be subordinated to those of a (...)
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    The U.S. Failure in Afghanistan and the Future of World Order.David Pan - 2021 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2021 (196):177-181.
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    The Underlying Unity of the American People.David Pan - 2022 - Télos 2022 (198):159-161.
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    Unalienable Rights, the 1619 Project, and Nation-State Sovereignty.David Pan - 2020 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2020 (192):180-187.
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    Introduction.Xudong Zhang & David Pan - 2019 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2019 (189):3-13.
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