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Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics: An Enquiry into the Psychology of Ethics (Routledge Classics) Paperback – 24 Apr 2003
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'A notable work.' - The Listener; 'The more one reads the more one is impressed by the author's insight and by his passionate conviction that freedom, courage, spontaneity and respect for life are the true bases of happiness and morality.' - The Times Literary Supplement; 'He has enriched our understanding of man in humanity, compassion and love.' - Sunday Times
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In Man for Himself, Dr. Fromm examines the confusion of modern man--who, because he lacks faith in nay principle by which life ought to be guided, becomes the helpless prey of forces within and without himself. From the broad, interdisciplinary perspective that marks Dr. Fromm's distinguished oeuvre, he shows that psychology cannot divorce itself from the problems of philosophy and ethics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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I found this a passionate and exciting read. It presents a real challenge and a illusion-breaker and yet does not leave us stranded.
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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