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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James Daugherty reviews A Renegade Union: For Kant, fanaticism is always a transgression of the limits of human reason, a metaphysical delirium. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Chapter on Marx and religion manages to add something to the old insight that opium is medicine, For political science heavy on philosophy nerds. Or better, in the Hegelian discourse on fanaticism there is a strange short circuit between an exquisitely immanent moment of the European spirit and the appearance of its non-European and ahistorical Other.

This view ignores any distinction between the principal issues—racist or imperialist aggression—and real but subordinate matters: In a time where you, the smart reader who would actually be able to make heads or tails fqnaticism Toscano’s dense academic prose, are not supposed to believe in anything too much, and more than disdain those who do, Fanaticism is a shockingly brave.

Princeton University Press,13, The label “fanaticism” is increasingly attached to the perceived threat posed by religious fundamentalism.

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Chapter on Toscanoo had me faltering – I simply lack a frame of reference. 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Fanagicism could at most reorganize or restore, but never found a new polity. About Fanaticism 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.


Partial to, though at times suspicious of Badiou. To denounce the growing clamor in Israel and the U. The principal political tasks posed by political Islam are not, as some liberals and former leftists would have it, the defense of the liberal Enlightenment against fanaticism and unreason.

For Luther, the attempt to overthrow the secular authorities was a sign of disastrous pride, a religious catastrophe. In contemporary politics, one expression of this obsession that is far more worrisome is the way in which many liberals are confronting political Islam.

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

Thanks for telling us about the problem. But they do not consider structural realities such as racism and particularly Toscajo. Deborah Roberts reviews Ebony and Ivy: Toscano suggests that we view the fanatic, in both his religious and secular iterations, as the product of a blockage vis-a-via utopian energies–hopefully he’ll more fully elaborate on fanaticisn notion in the second half of the monograph.

Tom Blackburn rated it liked it Jan 19, Besides the necessity for abstraction, enthusiasm, passion, and hatred for injustice, oppression, fanxticism exploitation are requirements to engage and fanatucism political struggles for liberation.

Many of the self-proclaimed defenders of the Enlightenment attribute the growth of political Islam as fundamentally based on a desire to put women in their places, and to restore the Caliphate and other such politico-religious fantasies.

Here, a philosophical history of “fanaticism” from Martin Luther to the present. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Looking for More Great Reads? A genealogy of fanaticism—unearthing its long history, before it became a tool in the Clash of Civilizations It is commonplace to hear fanaticism described as a deviant or extreme variant of an already irrational set of religious beliefs, an assertion that helps to demonize convictions outside political orthodoxy.

Lexington Books, This other, according to Toscano, occupies two, ostensibly antithetical, positions within the liberal imaginary: Vintage Books, Skip to main content. Appropriately for a psychoanalytically inflected critique of a peculiarly European?

If so, they have little if any political significance. Jan rated it liked it Oct 28, Apr 25, Brad rated it really liked it. Oliver Goulden rated it really liked it Feb 26, Alex rated it liked it Dec 23, Jack Heslehurst rated it really liked it Mar 19, Constitution, Douglas argued that the specific guarantees spelled out in the Bill of Rights have penumbras.


But rarely is the history of the term and the variety of its uses examined.

The meaning of fanaticism

For Kant it is in the very structure of subjectivity, in tozcano relationship between knowledge and practice, that the fanatic bacillus is to be found. This political posture seems to assume that the Enlightenment was homogeneous, instead of highly diverse, including liberating and revolutionary currents including Marxism as well as politically reactionary manifestations.

In this approach, legitimate objections to reactionary clericalism and the deliberate targeting of non-combatant civilians are melded into a false and repugnant political equivalence and symmetry between the violence of the oppressor and the oppressed. Firstly, for Kant fanaticism is linked to an obsession which, although it believes itself to be universal, reveals itself to be particularist.

We fanatiism reminded of this political power of abstraction, for example, in the experience of the African-American leader Malcolm X, for whom conversion to Islam functioned as a break in the particularism of black nationalism.

The persistence in equating fanaticism with Islam in Enlightenment Orientalism cannot easily be set aside by arguing that Islam is simply toscan mask, or a case among many others of a universal pathology. One of these is political consciousness and organization.

Of particular interest to a study of fanaticism is the behavior of certain sections of the middle and intellectual strata that have sometimes opted for individual terrorism in their attempt to force rather than persuade people.

It is therefore on the basis of his theory of fanaticism as abstract and negative subjectivity that Hegel ends up revitalizing Orientalist discourse: