By Erich Fromm
Erich Fromm's bestselling 1941 debut, approximately freedom and authoritarianism, is as proper this present day as whilst it used to be first released. The pursuit of freedom has indelibly marked Western tradition for the reason that Renaissance humanism and Protestantism begun the struggle for individualism and self-determination. This freedom, besides the fact that, could make humans suppose unmoored, and is frequently observed via emotions of isolation, worry, and the lack of self, all resulting in a hope for authoritarianism, conformity, or destructiveness. it isn't purely the query of freedom that makes Fromm's debut booklet a undying vintage. during this exam of the roots of Nazism and fascism in Europe, Fromm additionally explains how monetary and social constraints may also result in authoritarianism. This publication beneficial properties an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm together with infrequent photos and never-before-seen records from the author's property.
“An research par excellence of our cultural neurosis.” —The Nation
“An very important and demanding work.” —New York usher in Tribune
“Fromm’s concept benefits the severe cognizance of all keen on the human and its future.” —The Washington put up
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To Hume, deductive reasoning and empirical knowledge about causation were important instruments in choosing the best or most e≈cient means to our ends or goals. But in choosing the moral or ethical goals we actually pursue, we are driven, Hume argued, not by reason but by the power of our feelings and passions. IS PURE REASON ENOUGH? To some the observation that we are driven not by our reason but by our feelings, emotions, passions—call them 32 Is Political Equality Achievable? what you will—may seem so self-evident that it needs no demonstration.
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