Events

Apr 3

Lecture by Cowling Visiting Professor Jonathan Adler, "Faith and Fanaticism," April 3, 12-1 p.m., Olin 02

Talk by Distinguished Cowling Visiting Professor, Professor Jonathan Adler, CUNY Graduate Center "Faith and Fanaticism" Tuesday, April 3, 12-1, Olin 02

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
12:00 – 1:15 pm / Olin 02

Talk by Distinguished Cowling Visiting Professor, Professor Jonathan Adler, CUNY Graduate Center

"Faith and Fanaticism"

Tuesday, April 3, 12-1, Olin 02

Abstract
How do you explain the intellectual dimension of fanaticism, particularly
as it leads to terrorism? An intellectual thread joins the traits we
associate with fanaticism: self-righteousness, intolerance, excessive
certainty, zealotry. Fanatical reasoning, I argue, resides in a lack of
self-restraints (or controls), not just from how the fanatic acts, but from
how he reasons and how he maintains his beliefs. Since supernatural
religious faith promotes denial of these self-restraints, the explanation
that I develop also provides understanding of why faith is fertile ground
for fanaticism.

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