Alberto Toscano / Robert Eaglestone
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Fanaticism is usually seen as a deviant or extreme variant of an already irrational set of religious beliefs. 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. Alberto Toscano debates this ideas with Robert Eaglestone.
Senior lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London & Author, Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea (Verso, 2010)
Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought, Royal Holloway, University of London
Recorded on 11 October 2010 at the LSE