Beyond the Chains of Illusion: My Encounter with Marx and by Erich Fromm

By Erich Fromm

A compendium of Erich Fromm’s popular social conception and philosophy

According to well known psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, 3 humans formed the fundamental personality of the 20th century: Albert Einstein, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud. whereas the 1st figures had an excellent actual and political impression at the global, Fromm believes that Freud had an excellent deeper impression, simply because he replaced how we predict approximately ourselves.

Beyond the Chains of Illusion is one in all Fromm’s such a lot autobiographical works, as Fromm not just reviews at the rules of Freud and Marx, but in addition crystallizes his personal theories on social personality and subconscious values. The e-book brilliantly summarizes Fromm’s principles on how tradition and society form our behavior.

This e-book positive aspects an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm together with infrequent photos and never-before-seen records from the author’s property.

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But if knowledge is so important in madness, it is not because the latter can control the secrets of knowledge; on the contrary, madness is the punishment of a disorderly and useless science. If madness is the truth of knowledge, it is because knowledge is absurd, and instead of addressing itself to the great book of experience, loses its way in the dust of books and in idle debate; learning becomes madness through the very excess of false learning. O vos doctores, qui grandia normina fertis Respicite antiquos patris, jurisque peritos.

The cities and villages which had thus rid themselves of their crazed and crazy, could now take pleasure in watching the exciting sideshow when a ship full of foreign lunatics would dock at their harbors. The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw much social unrest and economic depression, which they tried to solve by imprisoning the indigents with the criminals and forcing them to work. The demented fitted quite naturally between those two extremes of social maladjustment and iniquity. A nice and hallowed tradition has labeled Tuke and Pinel as the saviors of the mentally ill, but the truth of the matter is not so simple.

The sinner who abandons the leper at his door opens his way to heaven. ” Abandonment is his salvation; his exclusion offers him another form of communion. Leprosy disappeared, the leper vanished, or almost, from memory; these structures remained. Often, in these same places, the formulas of exclusion would be repeated, strangely similar two or three centuries later. Poor vagabonds, criminals, and “deranged minds” would take the part played by the leper, and we shall see what salvation was expected from this exclusion, for them and for those who excluded them as well.

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