It is no coincidence that Alberto Toscano, a young lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, has been central in translating Badiou’s work and extending its analytic scope in his own writings. Toscano shares with Badiou an admirable and rather rare sense of the mutual compatibility of rigorous political theory and the most militant, direct forms of political critique. His book usefully conjoins an historical and theoretical genealogy of the uses and abuses of the idea of fanaticism, particularly in various strains of liberal discourse, with a wider polemic against attacks on the emancipatory Left. …
What renders Toscano’s account particularly strong, and what distinguishes it from the theory/polemic dichotomy discussed above, is the rich and varied historical resources that he marshals in favour of his argument.
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Tom Eyers is a PhD student at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University – the Centre is under threat of closure, despite being the highest rated research department at the university – see http://www.savemdxphil.com