Fanaticism has 50 ratings and 3 reviews. Anthony said: Although as of this writing I am about half-way through Alberto Toscano’s book, I’m impressed with. Alberto Toscano. 7 December Here, a philosophical history of “fanaticism ” from Martin Luther to the present. Since the spectacular arrival of the threat of. Accusations of fanaticism have a long history, and Alberto Toscano’s new book Fanaticism aims at considering some instances of this effective.

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In both cases, the spectacle of fanaticism, in its rapid circulation through the global media, is the object of observation and opinion, rather than the causes of fanaticism or the realities from which it originates realities like that of the concrete intolerance towards Muslim immigrants in Denmark.

Russ rated it it was amazing Dec 20, Journeys in the New Colonialism by Stefanon Liberti. Preview — Fanaticism by Alberto Toscano. Stay in Touch Sign up. In trying to defend the constitutionality of a right to privacy that is not explicitly spelled out in the Fabaticism.

Francesco Tenaglia rated it liked it Feb 17, LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. The neoliberal restructuring of healthcare in the US. This expanded edition includes new material that revisits the idea of fanaticism as it operates at the limits of the liberal political imaginary, highlighting its relation to fraternal violence, political purity and the refusal of compromise, as well as its centrality to times of social crisis and international conflict.

This view ignores any distinction between the principal issues—racist or imperialist fanaticidm real but subordinate matters: The label “fanaticism” is increasingly attached to the perceived threat posed by religious fundamentalism.

Here is where the thought of several Enlightenment philosophers becomes relevant when they see abstraction as the indispensable application of reason to political affairs.

Toscano shows the toecano association between the conservative attack on abstraction and its indictment of radical political thought. The idea of fanaticism as a deviant or extreme variant of an already irrational set of religious beliefs is today invoked by the West in order to demonize and psychologize any non-liberal politics.


Constitution, Douglas argued that the specific guarantees spelled out in the Bill of Rights have penumbras. The whites were no longer to be feared, and such purposeless massacres degrade and brutalize a population, especially one which was just beginning as a nation and had so bitter a past. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. The same can be said for our objections to the Iranian rulers, given their vulnerability to attacks by the U. Matt rated it really liked it Sep 04, While in Kant we are dealing with a cognitive and affective disposition, a spurious result of our inevitable metaphysical impulse, in Hegel fanaticism is depicted as a necessary passage in the progressive universalization of Spirit.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is almost a kind of metaphysical idolatry in fact, Kant praises Jewish iconoclasm here. About Fanaticism The idea of fanaticism as a deviant or fanaicism variant of an already irrational set of religious beliefs is today invoked by the West in order to demonize and psychologize any non-liberal politics.

James, in his classic work on the Haitian Revolution reflected on the danger of vengeance:. It is therefore on the basis of his theory of fanaticism as abstract and negative subjectivity that Hegel ends up revitalizing Orientalist discourse: In a time where you, the smart reader who would actually be able to make heads or tails of Fanaticusm dense academic prose, are not fanahicism to believe in anything too much, and more than disdain those who do, Fanaticism is a shockingly brave.

Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea by Alberto Toscano

Azad Rahaman rated it really liked it Mar 11, In this essay, I would simply like to assess a few moments in the history of this exquisitely polemical concept, moments that allow us to recognize the persistence of certain leitmotifs in the discourse on fanaticism, including the psychologization of politics, the problem of the universal, and the image of Islam.

Although unquestionably an erudite work, it is often difficult to follow and seems to have been addressed to doctoral students and professors of political theory familiar with the literature and controversies in the field rather than to a lay, politically interested audience.


This could give the impression of a simple refutation, liberal or conservative, of a radical politics of principle. The discourse on fanaticism emerged from the crucible of ideological, theological, and political battles that accompanied the Reformation.

Books by Alberto Toscano. Demetrius rated it it was ok May 17, For Kant, fanaticism is always a transgression of the limits of human reason, a metaphysical delirium.

Or better, in the Hegelian discourse on fanaticism there is a strange short circuit between an exquisitely immanent moment of the European toscaho and the appearance of its non-European and ahistorical Other. Morgan Le Fay rated it liked it May 26, Tracy Soo-Ming rated it really liked it May 24, May 04, Pages Buy.

Fanaticism: A brief history of the concept

Reason and a critical spirit are the political requirements to prevent dogmatism, triumphalism, as well as the brutalization and dehumanization that have been associated with many forms of political change, including revolutions.

Toscano locates the figure of the fanatic at the heart of modernity, even as he notes that bourgeois liberal democracy has largely constituted itself negatively against the figure of the fanatical “other” effacing the “fanatical” origins of said democracy. Although as of this writing I am about half-way through Alberto Toscano’s book, I’m impressed with what I’ve read. Princeton University Press,13, The historical use of the notion of fanaticism to describe widely different behaviors in many differing contexts could render the notion pretty useless: As a response to Burke and conservative thought, Toscano brings up the German philosopher Immanuel Kant and his defense of abstraction and revolutionary enthusiasm in the same terms that Kant supported the French Revolution.

History Politics Religion Category: Having said that, it is a valuable and stimulating study and throws considerable light on a number of issues bearing on political militancy and provides much historical information.