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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We could borrow Justice William O. Firstly, it is worth noting that in Hegel Islam appears as a spiritual and political phenomenon. However, that does not mean they can guide and determine political action.

Here is where the thought of several Enlightenment philosophers becomes relevant when they see abstraction as the indispensable application of reason to political affairs. A look at its philosophical history allows us instead to view its many facets and to initiate a critique of its rhetorical and analytical functions. Jack Heslehurst rated it really liked it Mar 19, Toscano locates the figure of the fanatic at the heart of modernity, even as he notes that bourgeois liberal democracy tpscano largely constituted itself negatively against the figure of the fanatical “other” effacing the “fanatical” origins of said democracy.

History Politics Religion Category: 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.

It is here, at the dawn of the discourse on fanaticism, that the oppositional and biased character of the term shows itself most clearly. For political science heavy on philosophy nerds.

Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea by Alberto Toscano

In the Philosophy of HistoryIslam appears as a triumph over Jewish particularism, the birth of a true and proper universal character. This view ignores any distinction between the principal issues—racist or imperialist aggression—and real but subordinate matters: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Toscano shows how the critique of Hobsbawm plays an important role in subaltern studies in India.


Toscano builds on the theoretical rejuvenation of radical thought effected by Zizek and Badiou, which he combines with meticulous intellectual history. As a response to Burke and conservative thought, Toscano brings up the German philosopher Immanuel Kant and his defense of abstraction and revolutionary enthusiasm in the same terms that Kant supported the French Revolution.

Morgan Le Fay rated it liked it May 26, The tragedy was for the Blacks and the Mulattoes. On the Uses of an Idea by Alberto Toscano. Progress Publishers, For Luther, the attempt to overthrow the secular authorities was a sign of disastrous pride, a religious catastrophe. Please try again later.


While the Other 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.

Toward a Unitary Theory by Lise Vogel. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Or better, in the Hegelian discourse on fanaticism there is xlberto strange short circuit between an exquisitely immanent moment of the European spirit and the appearance of its non-European and ahistorical Other. Of particular interest to a study of fanaticism is the behavior of certain sections of the middle and intellectual strata that have sometimes opted for individual terrorism in their attempt to force rather than persuade people.

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One such concept, which turns out to be alberot and logically related to the notion of fanaticism, and central to it, is abstraction. This controversial topic has helped to shape the conflicting intellectual traditions that have emerged from within Marxism and other forms of leftism.

Fanatucism, in his classic work on the Haitian Revolution reflected on the danger of vengeance: 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. Ricardo Pereira rated it liked it Apr 29, The fanaticlsm in equating fanaticism with Islam in Enlightenment Orientalism cannot easily be set aside by arguing that Islam is simply a mask, or a case among many others of a universal pathology.

Fanatical anti-fanaticism The discourse on fanaticism emerged from the crucible of ideological, theological, and political battles that accompanied the Reformation. Apr 25, Brad rated it really liked it.

The meaning of fanaticism

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. We could similarly say that the notion of fanaticism exists within a penumbra emanating fanaaticism other important and far more precise concepts.

As is well-known, in the Phenomenology of Spirit Hegel recognizes in this negating movement of abstract, subjective freedom the spiritual force behind the Reign of Terror and its ruthless logic of suspicion — an idea that Alain Badiou has recently brought back in The Century roscano in order to summarize the essence of the twentieth century.