The essays in this volume explore some of the disconcerting realities of fanaticism, by analyzing its unique dynamics, and considering how it can be productively confronted. The book features both analytic and continental philosophical approaches to fanaticism.

Working at the intersections of epistemology, philosophy of emotions, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion, the contributors address a range of questions related to this increasingly relevant, yet widely neglected topic. What are the distinctive features of fanaticism? What are its causes, motivations, and reasons? In what ways, if at all, is fanaticism epistemically, ethically, and politically problematic? And how can fanaticism be combatted or curtailed?

The Philosophy of Fanaticism will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working in epistemology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of emotions, moral psychology, and political philosophy.

chapter 1|16 pages

Introduction to the Philosophy of Fanaticism

ByRuth Rebecca Tietjen, Leo Townsend

part Part I|92 pages

The Epistemic Dimension

chapter 182|20 pages

Fanaticism: For and Against

ByQuassim Cassam

chapter 4|14 pages

Fanaticism, Dogmatism, and Collective Belief

ByLeo Townsend

chapter 5|19 pages

The Epistemology of Fanaticism

Echo Chambers and Fanaticism
ByHana Samaržija

chapter 6|21 pages

Hermeneutical Justice for Extremists?

ByTrystan S. Goetze, Charlie Crerar

part Part II|128 pages

The Affective Dimension

chapter 1107|19 pages

On the Social Constitution of Fanatical Feelings

ByRuth Rebecca Tietjen

chapter 8|27 pages

Affective Dynamics in Fanaticism

Positive Emotions, Indignation, Contempt, and Hatred
ByHilge Landweer

chapter 9|27 pages

Group Fanaticism and Narratives of Ressentiment

ByPaul Katsafanas

chapter 10|29 pages

Sacralizing Hostility

Fanaticism as a Group-Based Affective Mechanism
ByThomas Szanto

chapter 11|24 pages

Second-Order Reactive Attitudes Towards Fanaticism

ByAnne Reichold

part Part III|100 pages

The Political Dimension

chapter 23812|22 pages

The Fanatical View of Self and Others in Martyrdom and Jihad

The European Jihadi Agent as a Modern Scapegoat
ByFarhad Khosrokhavar

chapter 13|19 pages

Purges, Big and Small

On Violence, Faith, and Fanaticism
ByHans Bernhard Schmid

chapter 15|18 pages

Fanaticism and Liberalism

ByFrank Chouraqui

chapter 16|23 pages

The Fanatical Underpinning of Managerial Subjectivity

A Psycho-Theological Journey into Some Archives
ByPaul Slama