Escape from Authority: The Perspectives of Erich Fromm

Escape from Authority: The Perspectives of Erich Fromm

Escape from Authority: The Perspectives of Erich Fromm

Escape from Authority: The Perspectives of Erich Fromm

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Erich Fromm was born in Germany in 1900: he is, thus, very much a man of this century. As a young student in the splendid old universities of Heidelberg and Munich, he lived through the terrifying breakdown of culture which overtook the Germany of the 1920's. In the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute he became a practitioner of psychoanalysis, the healing art which belongs peculiarly to the twentieth century. He studied and taught in the Frankfurt Psychoanalytic Institute, and in the Institute for Social Research of the University of Frankfurt. Uprooted by the Nazi terror, he came to the United States in the early 1930's. Since then he has taught at various colleges and universities here and in Mexico, and has written the books which make his name a prominent one in any serious discussion of modern social problems.

War, cultural chaos, psychoanalytic explorations, homelessness, totalitarianism--these are the epochal features of the world of Erich Fromm. He lives in a day when the sun has gone out of the human condition, and all his writing starts from the conviction that the life of Western man has . . .

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