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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All in all, a fine critique of liberal illusions. May 09, Anthony Galluzzo rated it really liked it.

Review by Samuel Farber. The principal afnaticism 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. It’s not an easy read, but it is worth the effort.

On the other hand, and because critical thinking is a requirement of radical left politics, leftists cannot hide their values and politics from fear of offending the supporters of political Islam, even though both oppose imperialism and racism. However, for Gramsci such fanaticism could never lead to a coherent and effective project of reshaping society. 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.


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The neoliberal restructuring of healthcare in the US. Inna fanaticlsm it it was amazing Dec 06, 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. This other, according to Toscano, occupies two, ostensibly antithetical, positions within the liberal imaginary: Showing how fanaticism results from a 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.

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Progress Publishers, State socialism too was often read in a psychological and religious key, leaving aside serious historical and sociological analyses. Toscano shows the close association between the conservative attack on abstraction and its indictment of radical political thought. Ignasi rated it it was amazing Sep 18, We are experiencing technical difficulties.

The meaning of fanaticism

The massacre of the whites, was a tragedy: It is therefore on the basis of his theory of fanaticism as abstract and negative subjectivity that Hegel ends up revitalizing Orientalist discourse: Michael Ware reviews Stop, Thief!: Apr 25, Brad rated it really liked it. 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.


fnaaticism However, that does not mean they can guide and determine political action. Tom Blackburn rated it liked it Jan 19, Hardcoverpages.

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This controversial topic has helped to shape the conflicting intellectual traditions that have emerged from within Marxism and other forms of leftism.

It could at most reorganize or restore, but never found a new polity. Here, a philosophical history of “fanaticism” from Martin Luther to the present. No trivia or quizzes yet. Ricardo Pereira rated it liked it Apr 29, We could borrow Justice William O. This spirit is also warranted by the experiences of the twentieth and twenty- first centuries, the first of which E.

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