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Man for Himself

An Inquiry Into the Psychology of Ethics

Erich Fromm

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ISBN10: 0805014039
ISBN13: 9780805014037

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Fromm examines the confusion of modern women and men who, because they lack faith in any principle by which life ought to be guided, become the helpless prey to forces both within and without. From the broad, interdisciplinary perspective that marks Fromm's distinguished oeuvre, he shows that psychology cannot divorce itself from the problems of philosophy and ethics, and that human nature cannot be understood without understanding the values and moral conflicts that confront us all. He shows that an ethical system can be based on human nature rather than on revelations or traditions. As Fromm asserts, "If man is to have confidence in values, he must know himself and the capacity of his nature for goodness and productiveness."


Praise for Man for Himself

"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

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About the author

Erich Fromm

Erich Fromm was a German-born American psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society. His works include The Art of Loving, Escape from Freedom, and The Sane Society. He died in 1980.

Erich Fromm