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Man for himself : an inquiry into the psychology of ethics

Author: Erich Fromm
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2003.
Series: Routledge classics.
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In this book Fromm discusses the problem of ethics, of norms and values leading to the realization of man's self and of his potentialities. The author believes that mental therapy can be effective only if it recognizes that psychology cannot be divorced from ethics; that human personality depends on moral values as well as on unconscious, irrational desires.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erich Fromm
ISBN: 0415307716 9780415307710 0805014039 9780805014037
OCLC Number: 51622712
Notes: Originally published: London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1947.
Description: xvi, 198 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction to Routledge Classics Edition -- Foreword -- I The Problem -- II Humanistic Ethics: The applied science of the art of living -- 1. Humanistic vs. Authoritarian Ethics -- 2. Subjectivistic vs. Objectivistic Ethics -- 3. The Science of Man -- 4. The Tradition of Humanistic Ethics -- 5. Ethics and Psychoanalysis -- III Human Nature and Character -- 1. The Human Situation -- A. Man's biological weakness -- B. The existential and the historical dichotomies in man -- 2. Personality -- A. Temperament -- B. Character -- (1) The dynamic concept of character -- (2) Types of character: the nonproductive orientations -- (A) The receptive orientation -- (B) The exploitative orientation -- (C) The hoarding orientation -- (D) The marketing orientation -- (3) The productive orientation -- (A) General characteristics -- (B) Productive love and thinking -- (4) Orientations in the process of socialization -- (5) Blends of various orientations -- IV Problems of Humanistic Ethics -- 1. Selfishness, Self-Love, and Self-Interest -- 2. Conscience, Man's Recall to Himself -- A. Authoritarian conscience -- B. Humanistic conscience -- 3. Pleasure and Happiness -- A. Pleasure as a criterion of value -- B. Types of pleasure -- C. The problem of means and ends -- 4. Faith as a Character Trait -- 5. The Moral Powers in Man -- A. Man, good or evil? -- B. Repression vs. productiveness -- C. Character and moral judgment -- 6. Absolute vs. Relative, Universal vs. Socially Immanent Ethics -- V The Moral Problem of Today -- Index.
Series Title: Routledge classics.
Responsibility: Erich Fromm ; with new introduction by Rainer Funk.


In this book Fromm set out to identify 'what man is, how he ought to live, and how the tremendous energies within man can be released and used productively.' It makes for exciting, illuminating, even  Read more...


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