Escape from Freedom

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Macmillan, 1994 - Political Science - 301 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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User Review  - Marigold01 - Goodreads

I have always appreciated Fromm's take on Marx and have been delighted to explore his other writings. Reading this book was a genuinely awesome and inspiring experience! Recognizing the difference ... Read full review

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It is such an enlightening book that everyone should read. It gives new information about many concepts that you thought you knew very well. It could have been perfect and I could have given it five ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER I
1
CHAPTER II
23
CHAPTER III
39
The Period of the Reformation
63
CHAPTER V
135
Destructiveness
148
Automaton Conformity
183
CHAPTER VI
205
CHAPTER VII
239
Freedom and Spontaneity
255
CHARACTER
275
INDEX
297
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About the author (1994)

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, Psychoanalysis and Religion, and Man for Himself. He died in 1980.