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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, Fromms work analyzes the illness of contemporary civilization as witnessed by its willingness to submit to totalitarian rule.

Erich Fromm was a German-born U.S. psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society. His other major works include The Art of Loving, Psychoanalysis and Religion, and Man for Himself. He died in 1980.

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, Fromms work analyzes the illness of contemporary civilization as witnessed by its willingness to submit to totalitarian rule.

"Fromm's thought merits the critical attention of all concerned with the human condition and its future."The Washington Post

"An analyst par excellence of our cultural neurosis.”The Nation

Synopsis:

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, Fromms work analyzes the illness of contemporary civilization as witnessed by its willingness to submit to totalitarian rule.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805031492
Author:
Fromm, Erich
Publisher:
Holt McDougal
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
History, theory and practice
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Liberty
Subject:
Totalitarianism
Subject:
Methodology x
Subject:
Movements - Behaviorism
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Political Ideologies - General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Fascism & Totalitarianism
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Owl book ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
no.13
Publication Date:
19940931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.44 x 0.87 in

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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, Fromms work analyzes the illness of contemporary civilization as witnessed by its willingness to submit to totalitarian rule.

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