The Sane Society

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1990 - Political Science - 370 pages
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The Sane Society is a continuation and extension of the brilliant psychiatric concepts Erich Fromm first formulated in Escape from Freedom; it is also, in many ways, an answer to Freud's Civilization and its Discontents. Fromm examines man's escape into overconformity and the danger of robotism in contemporary industrial society: modern humanity has, he maintains, been alienated from the world of their own creation. Here Fromm offers a complete and systematic exploration of his "humanistic psychoanalysis." In so doing, he counters the profound pessimism for our future that Freud expressed and sets forth the goals of a society in which the emphasis is on each person and on the social measures designed to further function as a responsible individual.

 

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Not my favorite of Fromm's -- That honor is still reserved for the three-way tie of Escape from Freedom, The Art of Loving, and Marx's Concept of Man -- but he still impresses with his daunting ... Read full review

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Contents

ARE WE SANE?
3
CAN A SOCIETY BE SICK?THE PATHOLOGY OF NORMALCY
12
THE HUMAN SITUATIONTHE KEY TO HUMANISTIC PSYCHOANALYSIS
22
MANS NEEDSAS THEY STEM FROM THE CONDITIONS OF HIS EXISTENCE
27
A Relatedness vs Narcississm
30
B TranscendenceCreativeness vs Destructiveness
36
C RootednessBrotherliness vs Incest
38
D Sense of IdentityIndividuality vs Herd Conformity
60
v Work
177
vi Democracy
184
3 ALIENATION AND MENTAL HEALTH
191
VARIOUS OTHER DIAGNOSES
209
TWENTIETH CENTURY
217
VARIOUS ANSWERS
233
AUTHORITARIAN IDOLATRY
237
SUPERCAPITALISM
240

E The Need for a Frame of Orientation and DevotionReason vs Irrationality
63
MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIETY
67
MAN IN CAPITALISTIC SOCIETY
78
THE STRUCTURE OF CAPITALISM AND THE CHARACTER OF MAN
83
B NineteenthCentury Capitalism
85
C TwentiethCentury Society
103
2 CHARACTEROLOGICAL CHANGES
110
b Alienation
120
c Various Other Aspects
152
ii The Principle of Nonfrustration
164
iii Free Association and Free Talk
166
iv Reason Conscience Religion
169
SOCIALISM
246
ROADS TO SANITY
270
ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION
276
B The Principle of Communitarian Socialism
283
C SocioPsychological Objections
286
D Interest and Participation as Motivation
299
E Practical Suggestions
321
POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION
339
CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION
343
SUMMARYCONCLUSION
353
INDEX
364
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Erich Fromm was a German-born U.S. psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society. His works include The Art of Loving, Love, Sexuality, and Matriarchy, and Man for Himself. He died in 1980.

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