Alberto Toscano / Robert Eaglestone

Dialogues – Distinguished thinkers in conversation
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6.30-8.00pm | Monday 11 October 2010
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Alberto Toscano, Senior lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, author of Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea (Verso, 2010)
Robert Eaglestone, Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought, Royal Holloway, University of London

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 debated this ideas with Robert Eaglestone.