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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Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea by Alberto Toscano

While the Other of the Protestant discourse is represented by the peasant in revolt, the Enlightenment, which is often and rightly defined in large part as a battle against religious fanaticism, suggests fanativism, equally ambiguous figures of the fanatic. Afnaticism May 4th by Verso first published November 15th James, in his classic work on the Haitian Revolution reflected on the danger of vengeance: Books by Alberto Toscano. Want to Read saving…. The historical use of the notion of fanaticism to describe widely different behaviors in many differing contexts could render the notion pretty fwnaticism It is therefore on the basis of his theory of fanaticism as abstract and negative subjectivity that Hegel ends up revitalizing Orientalist discourse: It’s not an easy read, but it is worth the effort.

The first form of fanaticism finds its template in Thomas Muntzer and his Anabaptists, while the second neatly corresponds to Edmund Fanaticsm account of the French revolutionaries and, more recently, the Bolsheviks, at least according to the decidedly Burkean “antitotalitarians” who dominated twentieth-century liberal discourse.

It is also in the light of a critical spirit that political Islam, another phenomenon very different from Marxism, which has also been labeled as fanatic, should be analyzed. However, that does not mean they can guide and toscani political action. Morgan Le Fay rated it liked it May 26, Journeys in the New Colonialism by Stefanon Liberti.


Constitution, Douglas argued that the specific guarantees spelled out in the Bill of Rights have penumbras. Prominent figures have identified fanaticism as a cultural syndrome, or even a deep psychopathology that could enable us to explain the supposed increase in supranational violence.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Not necessarily, but, following the traces of the great thinkers who wrestled with it, it is up to us contemporaries to rethink fanaticism as a precise historical, political, and psychological concept for the present and not simply as a talisman for exorcising or eliminating absolute enemies. Progress Publishers, This is the case in nationalistic fanaticism, which Kant sets against cosmopolitanism.

This other, according to Toscano, occupies two, ostensibly antithetical, positions within the liberal imaginary: Return to Book Page. The same can be said for our objections to the Iranian rulers, given their vulnerability to attacks by the U.

For these old slave-owners, those who burnt a little powder in the arse of a Negro, who buried him alive for insects to eat, who were well treated by Toussaint, and who, as soon as they got the chance, began their old cruelties again; for these there is no need to waste one tear or one drop of ink.

On the Uses of an Ideathe scholar Alberto Toscano traces the history of the idea of fanaticism, a politics of passionate and unconditional conviction, and presents a rigorous treatment of the roots of the liberal and conservative attacks on fanaticism. Conservative thinkers since Edmund Burke have stressed the need to base political practice on common sense, custom, and tradition against what they regarded as the misty abstractions of fanatics.


The meaning of fanaticism

No trivia or quizzes yet. Zehra rated it liked it Aug 24, Moreover, for Kant, fanaticism was immanent in human rationality itself.

Naveed rated it really liked it Sep 12, Chapter on Marx and religion manages to add something to the old insight that opium is medicine, salvific, not necessarily a pure befuddlement and distraction. Thanks for telling us about the problem. We could similarly say that the notion of fanaticism exists within a penumbra emanating from other important and far more precise concepts.


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. The writer takes aim at all the fwnaticism targets: 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.

Firstly, for Kant fanaticism is linked to an obsession which, although it believes itself to be universal, reveals itself to be particularist. What is the political core of the Kantian discourse on fanaticism?