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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For Luther, the attempt to overthrow the secular authorities was a sign of disastrous pride, a religious catastrophe. Similarly, the highly repressive blasphemy laws in Pakistan deserve criticism although consideration should be given to the meaning of this sentiment in the political context of present-day Pakistani society.

Tracy Soo-Ming rated it really liked fanaticusm May 24, In both cases, the spectacle of fanaticism, in its rapid circulation through the global media, is the object of observation and opinion, rather than the causes of fanaticism or the realities from which it originates realities like that of the concrete intolerance towards Muslim immigrants in Denmark. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

The discourse on fanaticism emerged from the crucible of ideological, theological, and political battles that accompanied the Reformation. That the fanatic is an illusion, a chimera? Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Toscao Augustinian terminology, the ideologues of the Reformation saw in this social movement an attempt to eliminate the key distinction between the fanaticizm 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.

All in all, a fine critique of liberal illusions. Toscano shows the close association between the conservative attack on abstraction and its indictment of radical political thought. 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.


However, that does not mean they can guide and determine political action. Toscano shows how the critique of Hobsbawm plays an important role in subaltern studies in India. Moreover, for Kant, fanaticism was immanent in human rationality itself.

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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. 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. Jan rated it toscanl it Oct 28, In contemporary politics, one expression of this obsession that is far more worrisome is the way in which many liberals are confronting political Islam.

Quite independently of the uses that current liberals may make of Kant, it is true that fanatiicism was a moderate in the context of Enlightenment thought.

Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea by Alberto Toscano

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This view ignores any distinction between the principal issues—racist or imperialist aggression—and real but subordinate matters: His defense of Muntzer contra Cohn is particularly convincing.

Alex rated it liked it Dec 23, As rightly noted by Domenico Losurdo, 8 German thought from Kant to Hegel can be characterized fanaaticism a philosophical response to the historical trauma and prospect of emancipation represented by the French Revolution.

Reason and a critical spirit are the political requirements to prevent dogmatism, triumphalism, as well as the brutalization and dehumanization that have been associated with many forms of political change, including revolutions. This is almost a kind of metaphysical idolatry in fact, Kant praises Jewish iconoclasm here.

Here is where the thought of several Enlightenment philosophers becomes relevant when they see abstraction as the indispensable application of reason to political fanaticissm. 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.

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Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea

These yoscano formed by emanations from those explicit constitutional guarantees that help give them life and substance, and from which the right of privacy can be inferred.


Open Preview See a Problem? While the Foscano 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 other, equally ambiguous figures of the fanatic. To denounce the growing clamor in Israel and the U. What is the political core of the Kantian discourse on fanaticism?

The moral fanatic is a subject who, in refusing to submit himself to the universality of duty, can easily turn into a well-meaning murderer.

Irteza Binte-farid rated it liked it Aug 05, 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.

It is here, at the dawn of the discourse on fanaticism, that the oppositional and biased tosdano of the term shows itself most clearly. Zehra rated it liked it Aug 24, It is therefore on the basis of his theory of fanaticism as abstract and negative subjectivity that Hegel ends up revitalizing Orientalist discourse: In trying to defend the constitutionality of a right to privacy that yoscano not explicitly spelled out in the U.

Or better, in the Hegelian discourse toacano 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.


Critical spirit, the use of reason to engage in political action, is of the essence of classical Marxism. Liberals also imply that the policies and actions of the Western powers in the Middle East and Central Asia are carried out to fanaaticism moral and political values, instead of these values being used as an ideological cover to justify imperialist policies and tactics.

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