Man for Himself
An Inquiry Into the Psychology of Ethics“There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.” —Erich Fromm
Are we primarily determined by nature or nurture? What are the best ways that people can live productively? In Man for Himself, renowned social philosopher Erich Fromm posits: With the gifts of self-consciousness and imagination, any individual can give his or her own unique answer. This answer is rooted in our human nature, and should correspond to mankind’s powers of reason and love. Therefore, Fromm reasons, “living itself is an art.” In his humanistic concept of man, Fromm describes various character orientations that are to be found in Western culture. For the first time, Fromm analyzes the parallels between economic concepts of market value and how we value others and ourselves—the idea of personality as a commodity. He argues for a return to humanistic ethics, and discusses issues such as the question of conscience, of selfishness and self-love, and of pleasure and happiness. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.
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- Open Road Integrated Media
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“A fascinating volume . . . magnificent in its implications.”—Saturday Review
“Courageous and thoughtful . . . Fromm’s book has a great deal to offer, both to the philosopher and to the psychologist, and can be read with profit by the layman.”—Ethics
About the author
Erich Fromm (1900–1980) was a bestselling psychoanalyst and social philosopher whose views about alienation, love, and sanity in society—discussed in his books such as Escape from Freedom, The Art of Loving, The Sane Society, and To Have or To Be?—helped shape the landscape of psychology in the mid-twentieth century. In the 1930s he was one of the most influential figures at the Frankfurt Institute of Social Research.