How do young peopel use myths and stories to make sense of life in a high crime area? Laurie discusses a new report by Kaye Haw. And how has the word fanaticism been used and misused by history? Alberto Toscano and John Gray discuss.
The Uses of Fanaticism
8 July 2010 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
£12 / £11 Concessions / £10 ICA Members
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 demonise and psychologize any non-liberal politics.
Cultural critic, philosopher and lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, Alberto Toscano, 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.
Toscano tears apart the sterile opposition of “reasonableness” and fanaticism and, in a radical new interpretation, places the fanatic at the very heart of politics, arguing that historical and revolutionary transformations require a new understanding of its role.
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