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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The label “fanaticism” is increasingly attached to the perceived threat posed by religious fundamentalism.

Read it Forward Read it first. However, for Gramsci such fanaticism could never lead to a coherent and effective project of reshaping society.

And in spite of recent history in Iraq and Afghanistan, they refuse to confront the fact that neither North American nor European liberals, much less imperialist intervention, can emancipate women and men from the reactionary strictures of religion. Apr 25, Brad rated it really liked it.

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 ask other readers questions about Fanaticismplease sign up.


The idea of fanaticism as a deviant or extreme variant of an fnaaticism irrational set of religious beliefs is today invoked by the West in order to demonize and psychologize any non-liberal politics. Deborah Roberts reviews Ebony and Ivy: 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.

That the fanatic is an illusion, a chimera? The more sophisticated proponents of this type of liberal politics claim to represent the traditions of the Enlightenment: A look at its philosophical history allows us instead to view its tosczno facets and to initiate a critique of its rhetorical and analytical functions.


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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. Jentz and Richard Schneirov. Appropriately for a psychoanalytically inflected critique of a peculiarly European?

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For political science heavy on philosophy nerds. Fanaticism, as we cannot help but notice with painful frequency, is often projected onto an enemy with which, by definition, one cannot negotiate. They also argue that since British economic exploitation used direct force, the militant movement of the rural masses against imperialism was necessarily political.

Demetrius rated it it was ok May 17, Matt rated it really liked it Sep 04, Lists with This Book. Vintage Books, Ironically, many of these supposed defenders of individual liberty support the banning of the hijab in public schools in France. May 09, Anthony Galluzzo rated it really liked it. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. 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.

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.

In the Philosophy of HistoryIslam appears as a triumph over Jewish particularism, the birth of a true and proper universal character. 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.


The writer takes aim at all the right targets: Ricardo Pereira rated it liked it Apr 29, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Books by Alberto Toscano. Following Augustinian terminology, the ideologues of the Reformation saw in this social movement an attempt to eliminate the key distinction between the earthly city and the City of God, or rather to push madly — through a politicized and plebeian millennialism — for the realization of the kingdom of heaven on earth.

Firstly, it is worth noting that in Hegel Islam appears as a spiritual and political phenomenon. Not terribly novel, but a good resume and update of the tired old chestnut: 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. Chapter on Kant had me faltering – I simply lack a frame of reference.

This is almost a kind of metaphysical idolatry in fact, Kant praises Jewish iconoclasm here. Constitution, Douglas argued that the specific guarantees spelled out in the Bill of Rights have penumbras. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Skip to main content.