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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary and Relevant, 2 Jan. 2004
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Fromm's broad analysis of humanity never loses sight of humanity itself. The absurd globalisation that now faces us and the modern excesses of marketing are foreshadowed here, where the author deals them a dose of his healthy authenticity. Fromm's characterology is particularly interesting, as is his thinking on the human condition - he claims he was not versed in existential literature - which arrives at familiar conclusions.
I found this a passionate and exciting read. It presents a real challenge and a illusion-breaker and yet does not leave us stranded.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fromm's best book, 18 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics: An Enquiry into the Psychology of Ethics (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)
In this book Fromm sticks to description rather than prescription, as a result it hasnt dated in quite the way that perhaps Sane Society or To Have To Be? have.

The book's subtitle says a lot "An enquiry into the psychology of ethics" and its from this point that the chapters begin, Fromm states the problem, presents for consideration a humanistic ethics, which he considers the "applied science of the art of living", continues with a chapter on Human Nature and Character, which contains his own characterology and dynamic concept of character, the remainder of the book is dedicated to problems of humanistic ethics.

Fromm wasnt the first to propose a psycho-analytical characerology or traits theory of personality, his theories have largely been eclipsed by Jung (archetypes) or Freud (oral, anal etc.), but his own theories exhibit attention to cultural factors and economic structures which sets them apart and I expect that his receptive, exploitative, hoarding and marketing personalities could be discovered anywhere and anyplace presently as much as at the time of writing.

There's no explicit mention of socialism in the index, which is very clear and concise and will prove helpful to students or selective reading, and Fromm does not explicitly set out his stall as a socialistic psychologist in this book as in others. It may reach a wider audience as a consequence because people may be a little less blinkered.

I also appreciated Fromm's analysis of self-interest, self love and selfishness, it amounts to more than word play and would prove anathema to simplistic individualist vs. (vulgar) socialist reasoning and argument. Too many people are willing to sacrifice altogether their humanity to humanitarianism.

Characterology of this kind has become a little out moded with discoveries and nureological research in the field of attachment theory, attachment style and internalised "scripts" but if for no other reason that its literary or philosophical merit I would go on recommending this book to all.

If you think this book is for you then also consider the book which Fromm considered its companion volume Psychoanalysis and Religion (Terry Lectures).
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable book, 27 Dec. 1997
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This book is an unforgettable work that differently from the work of Freud has a simple way to discuss the human nature with great wisdom. Fromm talks about love, good, evil, ethics and with no pretense teaches remarkable lessons.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Used book, 19 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics: An Enquiry into the Psychology of Ethics (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)
An used book in very good conditions like it was new. I bought that in English because it isn't easy to find it in italian trnslation. Very good bargain! Merry Christmas to everybody!!!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 27 Oct. 2012
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The summary as written on line prepared one for this book. No great surprises. Enjoyable to read if this is your taste in literature
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing in man or society left to illusion., 2 Mar. 1999
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Read it and you'll loose a lot of innocence
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