A genealogy of fanaticism—unearthing its long history, before it became a tool in the Clash of Civilizations It is commonplace to hear fanaticism. Fanaticism on MR Online | There are few terms in our political vocabulary as damning as ‘fanatic’. Beyond tolerance Posted Oct 02, by Alberto Toscano. In his Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea, the scholar Alberto Toscano traces the history of the idea of fanaticism, a politics of passionate and unconditional.

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The meaning of fanaticism

Preview — Fanaticism by Alberto Toscano. On the Uses of an Idea by Alberto Toscano. 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. Instead, in a radical new interpretation, he places the fanatic at the very heart of politics, arguing that historical and revolutionary transformations require a new understanding of his role.

Showing how fanaticism results from the failure to formulate an adequate emancipatory politics, this illuminating history sheds new light on an idea that continues to dominate debates about faith and secularism. Hardcoverpages. Published May 4th by Verso first published November 15th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Although as of this writing I am about half-way through Alberto Toscano’s book, I’m impressed with what I’ve read. Toscano locates the figure of the fanatic at the heart of modernity, even as he notes albrto bourgeois liberal democracy has largely constituted itself negatively against the figure of the fanatical “other” effacing the “fanatical” origins of said democracy.


This other, according to Toscano, occupies two, ostensibly antithetical, positions within the liberal imaginary: The first form of fanaticism finds its template in Thomas Muntzer and his Anabaptists, while the second neatly corresponds toscaho 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 discourse.

And yet, as Toscano shows, these two seemingly opposed modes of fanaticism are often made one in liberal representations; the rationalist radical, for example,whether Jacobin or Marxist, reconstitutes religion in secular terms, as if this is an indictment in itself. 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 this notion in the second half of the monograph.

The writer takes aim at all the right targets: Toscano builds on the theoretical rejuvenation of radical thought effected by Zizek and Badiou, which he combines with meticulous intellectual history. Aug 02, Stas rated it liked it Shelves: For political science heavy on philosophy nerds.

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Not terribly novel, but a good resume and update of the tired old chestnut: Chapter on Kant had me faltering – I simply lack a frame of reference. His defense of Muntzer contra Cohn is particularly convincing. Chapter on Marx and religion manages to add something to the old insight that opium is medicine, For political science heavy on philosophy nerds.

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. Appropriately for a psychoanalytically inflected critique of a peculiarly European?

All in all, a fine critique of liberal illusions. Manifests a certain Negritude of Antonio variety.

Partial to, though at times suspicious of Badiou. Clear political demarcation away from Agamben. Apr 25, Brad rated it really liked it. In a time where you, the smart reader who would actually be able to make heads or tails of Fajaticism dense academic prose, are not supposed to believe in anything too much, and more than disdain those who do, Fanaticism is a shockingly brave.


Fanaticism: A brief history of the concept

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