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Erich Fromm and existentiaslm

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  • pascal sautot
    Hi there I ve been reading quite a lot Erich Fromm lately. He is a socio psycholog, originaly, German, who fled from Germany to the states, during the Nazi
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      Hi there
      I ve been reading quite a lot Erich Fromm lately. He is a socio
      psycholog, originaly, German, who fled from Germany to the states,
      during the Nazi period. He has published his work in english and has
      been translated quite a lot in Europe.
      He uses references to Marx, Freud.
      He has a very interesting insight about freedom and the influence of
      modernity on our culture, how the end of the religion epoch, provided
      us with so much freedom and how many examples we have of a big waste.
      The stranger and more generaly the work of Camus is probably a good
      illustration of what Fromm describes as the fear or the escape from
      freedom.
      Fromm often critices the madness of the modern society as a huge well
      organised machine of production that also offers so many
      opportunities to fuly enjoy the freedom.
      I feel an opposition, somehow with the ideas of Sartre, with regards
      to his work, Being and nothingness, but on some aspects I see like
      complementary approaches. While one is really focused on the
      individual and his relationship to the social matter, the other seem
      to be more centered on the idea that the individual has of himself
      with regards to the rest (opposition in-me for-me). While Sartre,
      seems to open the idea of Freedom to a necessary stream of action,
      Fromm pretends that action does not necessary makes us free. He does
      not necessary call to non action or detachement, but he calls to more
      compassion and to a come back to common sens. In some extent he makes
      references to Boudhist psychology.

      I recommand the following titles:
      1 - to be or to have
      2 - escape from freedom
      3 - the sane society
      4 - the art of being
      5 - the heart of man
      6 - the art of loving

      I guess I should find in this list a few people interested about this
      idea of "escape from freedom".

      Pascal.
    • Gareb20@aol.com
      Since the idea of Marxism and the influence of Marx was brought up in this text, I was wondering what all of you think about existentialism influenced by
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        Since the idea of Marxism and the influence of Marx was brought up in this
        text, I was wondering what all of you think about existentialism influenced
        by socialism. I for one like the idea of socialism along with the philosophy
        of Existentialism, however, socialism is a very ideological idea. We all
        know Sartre transformed into a Marxist Existentialist, however, Camus later
        denounced the communist party. But here is one idea I have, if there is
        Socialism in tact as government, then how can one improve their own
        existence, since in Socialism everyone is equal? We all know that wealth
        creates poverty and social classes prevent freedom, however, one's strive
        towards freedom and existence comes in the face of social class struggle.
        What do you all think, these are just my ideas, i'm not even sure if I
        totally agree with myself, just some random thoughts.

        Lou
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