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The Fear of Freedom (Routledge Classics) Hardcover – July 16, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0415255424 ISBN-10: 0415255422 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Classics
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (July 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415255422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415255424
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,572,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erich Fromm (1900-1980) Psychoanalyst and author, Fromm is arguably one of the most outstanding figures of 20th Century humanism.

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I'm writing this review because at this time the only other review is a commend on the condition of a used copy. It's not at all related to the content.

For me, it's a must read. This review is on the fly, so I won't try to impress you with my critique. I will leave a couple of quotes from the book instead:

"...human existence and freedom are inseparable. Freedom is here not used in its positive sense of 'freedom to' but in its negative sense of 'freedom from,' namely freedom from instinctual determination of his actions."

"We forget that, although freedom of speech constitutes an important victory in the battle against old restraints, modern man is in a position where much of what "he" thinks and says are the things that everybody else thinks and says: he has not acquired the ability to think originally, that is, for himself - which alone gives meaning to his claim that nobody can interfere with the expression of his thoughts. Again, we are proud that in his conduct of life man has become free from external authorities, which tell him what to do and what not to do. We neglect the role of the anonymous authorities like public opinion and "common sense," which are so powerful because of our profound readiness to conform to the expectations everybody has about ourselves and our equally profound fear of being different."
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margarita O. on August 9, 2014
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More marks/writing inside than what I was expecting.
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