Escape from freedom

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Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976 - Political Science - 305 pages
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If humanity cannot live with the dangers and responsibilities inherent in freedom, it will probably turn to authoritarianism. This is the central idea of "Escape from Freedom," a landmark work by one of the most distinguished thinkers of our time, and a book that is as timely now as when first published in 1941. Few books have thrown such light upon the forces that shape modern society or penetrated so deeply into the causes of authoritarian systems. If the rise of democracy set some people free, at the same time it gave birth to a society in which the individual feels alienated and dehumanized. Using the insights of psychoanalysis as probing agents, Fromm's work analyzes the illness of contemporary civilization as witnessed by its willingness to submit to totalitarian rule.

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Well done by a social psychologist writing after WWII - Goodreads
Very clear and critical writing. - Goodreads
Also, he cites lots of sources for further research. - Goodreads

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Although I am fond of Nietzsche, this has been bedside reading for years. I just find it absolutely fascinating. It never ages and explains so much. For anyone who scratches their head at the nonsense ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Moore - Goodreads

Fromm is intelligent, revealing and persuading. You have to be in the right mood so as not to take his ideas as too sentimental. Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER
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THE EMERGENCE OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND
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HI FREEDOM IN THE AGE OF THE REFORMATION
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Copyright

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About the author (1976)

Psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm was born in Frankfurt, Germany on March 23, 1900. He received a Ph.D in sociology from the University of Heidelberg in 1922 and finished his psychoanalytical training at the Psychoanalytical Institute in Berlin in 1930. He started his own clinical practice and joined the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research. In 1934, he moved to New York and became a professor at Columbia University. In 1950, he moved to Mexico City and became a professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, where he created a psychoanalytic section at the medical school. He retired from there in 1965 and moved to Muralto, Switzerland in 1974. Throughout his life, Fromm maintained a clinical practice and wrote books. His writings were notable for both their social and political commentary and their philosophical and psychological underpinnings. He became known for linking human personality types with socioeconomic and political structures. His most popular book, The Art of Loving, was first published in 1956 and became an international bestseller. He died on March 18, 1980.

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