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The Fear of Freedom

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ISBN 9780415253888
Published July 16, 2001 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Erich Fromm sees right to the heart of our contradictory needs for community and for freedom like no other writer before or since. In Fear of Freedom, Fromm warns that the price of community is indeed high, and it is the individual who pays. Fascism and authoritarianism may seem like receding shadows for some, but are cruel realities for many. Erich Fromm leaves a valuable and original legacy to his readers - a vastly increased understanding of the human character in relation to society. At the beginning of the 21st century, it is more important than ever to be aware of his powerful message. Listen, and take heed.

Table of Contents


Freedom--A Psychological Problem?

The Emergence of the Individual and the Ambiguity of Freedom

Freedom in the Age of the Reformation

Medieval Background and the Renaissance

The Period of the Reformation

The Two Aspects of Freedom for Modern Man

Mechanisms of Escape



Automaton Conformity

Psychology of Nazism

Freedom and Democracy

The Illusion of Individuality

Freedom and Spontaneity

Appendix: Character and the Social Process


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Erich Fromm (1900-1980) Psychoanalyst and author, Fromm is arguably one of the most outstanding figures of 20th Century humanism.


"Erich Fromm speaks with wisdom, compassion, learning and insight into the problems of individuals trapped in a social world that is needlessly cruel and hostile." - Noam Chomsky

"He has enriched our understanding of man in humanity, compassion and love." - Sunday Times

"The Fear of Freedom examined the plight of man in the post existentialist world; it saw man as cut off from the homely security of the medieval paradise, driven by loneliness and fear to seek solutions to his predicament in the shelter of political tyrannies. Fromm's was a subtle exploration of the "negative aspect of freedom", a situation in which he saw modern man as alleviating his unbearable powerlessness and isolation only by morbid activity." - The Times

"Dr Fromm has attacked his subject in a fresh and original way and thrown a flood of illumination on it." - Times Educational Supplement