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ALBERTO TOSCANO ON ‘FANATICISM’ – TALK IN NEW YORK

Alberto Toscano, “Fanaticism: The Uses of an Idea”

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Humanities Initiative at NYU, 20 Cooper Square East, 5th Floor

Details: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/events/2010/9/28/237740/alberto_toscano%2C_%26quot%3Bfanaticism_the_uses_of_an_idea%26quot%3B

 

About this Event:

Alberto Toscano, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths in London, speaks on the concept of fanaticism to coincide with Verso’’s publication of his new book: “Fanaticism: The Uses of an Idea.” Fanaticism is usually seen as a deviant or extreme variant of an already irrational set of religious beliefs. Drawing a straight line from the Peasant Wars to Bolshevism, this view of fanaticism is today invoked by the West in order to demonize and psychologize any non-liberal politics. Alberto Toscano’s compelling counter-history explores the critical role fanaticism played in forming modern politics and the liberal state, and undermines the idea that liberalism and fanaticism are irrevocably opposed.

Book info:

FANATICISM: ON THE USES OF AN IDEA, by Alberto Toscano

Verso Books, distributed by W.W. Norton

Publication Date: May 24, 2010 / Price: $26.95 PB / ISBN: 978-1-84467-424-4  

To buy the book, go to Amazon.com 

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