Erich Fromm

(1900_1980 / Frankfurt)

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 in 1918 at the University of Frankfurt am Main with two semesters of jurisprudence. During the summer semester of 1919, Fromm studied at the University of Heidelberg, where he switched from studying jurisprudence to sociology under Alfred Weber (brother of the better known sociologist Max Weber), ... more »

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  • ''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).
  • ''Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.''
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Man for Himself, ch. 4 (1947).
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