Erich Fromm's Book Escape From Freedom is Published in Germany Hot

Erich Fromm's Book Escape From Freedom is Published in Germany

Erich Fromm

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Erich Fromm's Escape from Freedom is published in Germany (Die Furcht vor der Freiheit). His best known work, this book explores the apparent human desire to seek out sources of authority and control that limit their own liberties.

This book is thus also a critique of modern political forms and capitalist economic structures. People in modern society claim to value freedom above all else, but they create for themselves political, social, and economic systems which impose strict limits on their freedom.

Erich Fromm uses medieval society as a point of comparison and contrast:

"What characterizes medieval in contrast to modern society is its lack of individual freedom. ... But altogether a person was not free in the modern sense, neither was he alone and isolated.

In having a distinct, unchangeable, and unquestionable place in the social world from the moment of birth, man was rooted in a structuralized whole, and thus life had a meaning which left no place, and no need for doubt. ... There was comparatively little competition.

One was born into a certain economic position which guaranteed a livelihood determined by tradition, just as it carried economic obligations to those higher in the social hierarchy."


The Mike Wallace Interview: Erich Fromm (1958-05-25)

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