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The Legacy of Erich Fromm [PDF / EPUB] The Legacy of Erich Fromm This is the first full scale intellectual biography in English of Erich Fromm, perhaps the most widely read psychoanalyst after Freud, whose contributions to clinical and social psychology and the his of Erich MOBI ☆ This is the first full scale intellectual biography in English of Erich Fromm, perhaps the most widely The Legacy PDF or read psychoanalyst after Freud, whose contributions to clinical and social psychology and the history of the psychoanalytic movement Legacy of Erich PDF/EPUB Â have long been underrated Though considered a pedant, a popularizer Escape from Freedom, The Sane Society, and The Art of Loving, among others, were best sellers and an outsider in many psychoanalytic circles, Fromm played a historic role in the development of the discipline As a member of Freud s loyal opposition with strong leanings toward the dissident fringe he helped effect the transfer of productive ideas from the periphery to the mainstream of the psychoanalytic movement Daniel Burston s meticulous elucidation of these ideas unravels the numerous strands philosophical, literary, and social that formed a part of Freud s own work and of Fromm s sympathetic, but not uncritical, reaction to Freudian orthodoxy Despite his grounding in the tradition of Freud, contemporaries and former associates persistently misunderstood Fromm s work Insofar as he attempted to decipher the ideological subtexts to Freudian theory, analytically oriented theorists doing clinical or social research avoided his ideas His Marxist leanings and his radically historical approach to human behavior made it all but impossible for mainstream academic psychologists to grasp his meaning, much less to grant it any validity At the same time, his humanistic and ethical concerns struck many psychologists as grossly unscientific Practical and intellectual constraints have conspired to ensure that Fromm s impact has been peripheral at best Burston s eloquent, evenhanded reassessment of Fromm s life and work cuts through the ideological and political underbrush to reveal his pivotal role as a theorist and a critic of modern psychoanalysis It leads readers back to Freud, whose theoretical and clinical contributions Fromm refracted and extended, and on to controversies that remain a vital part of contemporary intellectual life.


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    Burston gives us a much needed intellectual biography of Erich Fromm He divides the book thematically, sketching out Fromm s Freudo Marxist anthropological matriarchal synthesis his contributions to the clinical setting his contributions to sociological empiricism, including his studies of authoritarian personalities both with reference to the psychology of Nazism and in terms of the characterlogical marketing i.e., hoarding, i.e., automaton conformist orientation of post War America his humanism and existentialism his notion of the pathology of normalcy his scholarly contributions to the historiography of psychoanalysis and Freud the reception and appraisals he received from his colleagues and, finally, Burston poses some unanswered questions about the rather vituperative Fromm Marcuse debate, which centred on a disagreement on the validity of Freud s death instinct Burston is certainly a competent Frommian scholar While clearly an admirer of Fromm, not once does Burston approach hagiography Burston is quite critical of many of Fromm s key concepts, including his over compensation for Freud s biological mechanism, and his monolithic and incomplete understanding of the unconscious and the wherefore of human repression His command of Fromm s rather large body of work is impressive The book is a little light on context, but context can be found elsewhere Jay, Jacoby, Funk Burston s writing, is, well, hopelessly academic But that can hardly be avoided, given the difficulty and complexity of the subject matter Very few intellectual traditions are irrelevant to Fromm s story not only Freud and Marx and the Frankfurt School, but Kant and the German enlightenment, mysticism, the Talmudic tradition, Plato, anthropology, Weber and sociology, all figure prominently in Fromm s work Finally, what are Burston s conclusions regarding Fromm s legacy The fact that he strove to be accessible, coupled with his popular success and his willingness to commit to a positive human anthropology somewhat doomed Fromm s reputation among his Frankfurt School colleagues Of that there is little doubt Additionally, his emphasis on qualitative, as opposed to quantitative, research simply does not align with the current paradigms in the social sciences Notwithstanding, Fromm s work offers valuable and, I would hasten to add, powerful and profound insight into the human condition, not simply on an existentialist humanist plane The Authoritarian Personality and Social Character in a Mexican Village A Sociopsychoanalytic Study are two remarkable studies that are completely ignored The research and empirical methods in these two works, according to Burston, deserve the attention of the intellectual and scientific communities Fromm himself deserves attention, especially in America


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