Erich Fromm was a political activist, psychologist,
psychoanalyst, philosopher, and one of the most important
intellectuals of the twentieth century. Known for his theories of
personality and political insight, Fromm dissected the
sadomasochistic appeal of brutal dictators while also eloquently
championing love -- which, he insisted, was nothing if it did not
involve joyful contact with others and humanity at large. Admired
all over the world, Fromm continues to inspire with his message of
universal brotherhood and quest for lasting peace.
The first systematic study of Fromm's influences and
achievements, this biography revisits the thinker's most important
works, especially Escape from Freedom and The Art of
Loving, which conveyed important and complex ideas to millions
of readers. The volume recounts Fromm's political activism as a
founder and major funder of Amnesty International, the National
Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, and other peace groups.
Consulting rare archival materials across the globe, Lawrence J.
Friedman reveals Fromm's support for anti-Stalinist democratic
movements in Central and Eastern Europe and his efforts to
revitalize American democracy. For the first time, readers learn
about Fromm's direct contact with high officials in the American
government on matters of war and peace while accessing a deeper
understanding of his conceptual differences with Freud, his rapport
with Neo-Freudians like Karen Horney and Harry Stack Sullivan, and
his association with innovative artists, public intellectuals, and
world leaders. Friedman elucidates Fromm's key intellectual
contributions, especially his innovative concept of "social
character," in which social institutions and practices shape the
inner psyche, and he clarifies Fromm's conception of love as an
acquired skill. Taking full stock of the thinker's historical and
global accomplishments, Friedman portrays a man of immense
authenticity and spirituality who made life in the twentieth
century more humane than it might have been.
Subjects: Psychology, History, Philosophy
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