Erich Fromm


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Erich Seligmann Fromm (March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980) was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was associated with what became known as the Frankfurt School of critical theory.

Erich Fromm was born on March 23, 1900, at Frankfurt am Main, the only child of Orthodox Jewish parents. He started his academic studies... more »

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  • By alienation is meant a mode of experience in which the person experiences himself as an alien. He has become, one might say, estranged from himself. He does not experience himself as the center of h...
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. "Alienation," ch. 5, The Sane Society (1955).
  • ''The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.''
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Escape From Freedom, ch. 7 (1941).
  • ''Man's biological weakness is the condition of human culture.''
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Escape from Freedom, ch. 2 (1941).
  • ''Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.''
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Escape from Freedom, ch. 4 (1941).
  • ''The kind of relatedness to the world may be noble or trivial, but even being related to the basest kind of pattern is immensely preferable to being alone.''
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Escape from Freedom, ch. 1 (1941).
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