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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On the other hand, and because critical thinking is a requirement of radical left politics, leftists cannot hide their values and albertk from fear of offending the supporters of political Islam, even though both oppose imperialism and racism.

The meaning of fanaticism

Ignasi rated it it was amazing Sep 18, Lists with This Book. If so, they have little if any political significance.

Demetrius rated it it was ok May 17, The anti-historicity of the concept in part allows for its often arbitrary and hypocritical use. Although as of this writing I am about half-way through Alberto Toscano’s book, I’m impressed with what I’ve read. Fanaticism, as we cannot help but notice with painful frequency, is often projected onto an enemy with which, by definition, one cannot negotiate.

Morgan Le Fay rated it liked it May 26, Add to Cart Add to Cart. About Fanaticism 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.

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.


Having said that, it is a valuable and stimulating study and throws considerable light on a number of issues bearing on todcano militancy and provides much historical information.

Fanatical anti-fanaticism The discourse on fanaticism emerged from the crucible of alberti, theological, and political battles that accompanied the Reformation.

Manifests a certain Negritude of Antonio variety. Christiaan rated it liked it Oct 20, Open Preview See a Problem? But rarely is the history of the term and the variety of its uses examined.

Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea by Alberto Toscano

This is almost fznaticism kind of metaphysical idolatry in fact, Kant praises Jewish iconoclasm here. Nevertheless, Toscano toscanp no analysis of social structures, which under various conditions may push particular class groupings towards certain kinds of political conduct. 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.

We are 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.

Appropriately for a psychoanalytically inflected critique of a peculiarly European? Alex rated it liked it Dec 23, Jan rated it liked it Oct 28, His defense of Muntzer contra Cohn is particularly convincing. 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. This could give the impression of a simple refutation, liberal or conservative, of a radical politics of principle.

Critical spirit, the use of reason to engage in political action, is of the essence of classical Marxism.


Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea

Following Augustinian terminology, the ideologues of the Reformation saw in this social movement an attempt to eliminate the key distinction between the wlberto 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. May 09, Anthony Galluzzo rated it really liked it.

Progress Publishers, History Politics Religion Category: Showing how fanaticism results fanaticisn the failure to formulate fnaaticism adequate emancipatory politics, this illuminating history sheds new light on an idea that continues to dominate debates about faith and secularism.

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. Aoberto Soo-Ming rated it really liked it May 24, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. While the rebel sans-culotte is implicitly seen as a fanatical and pathological figure, the revolutionary movement is saved and universalized through its effect on the spectatorwho judges it in terms of human history and the sign of universality that it conveys.

One of these is political consciousness and organization.

We can point to the common interests of workers in the public and private sectors of the economy, notwithstanding the real differences between them, only on the basis of abstraction and generalization.

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