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On Disobedience: Why Freedom Means Saying No to Power

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  135 ratings  ·  18 reviews
"Human history began with an act of disobedience, and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience."

One of the great psychological and social philosophers of the twentieth century, Erich Fromm expounded on the importance of disobedience and the authentic voice of the individual in modern culture. As relevant now as when it was first published, On D
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Published August 3rd 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1980)
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Esteban del Mal
A collection of four dated, idealistic and theoretical essays. Fromm makes the case for 'obedience' as the realm of the reactionary and 'disobedience' as that of the pioneer.

From the first essay, Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem:
"Human history began with an act of disobedience, and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience."

From the second essay, Prophets and Priests: "They are skeptical toward everything which cannot be caught in an intellectual form
3/4 lucid thinking on humanism, 1/2 paean to Bertrand Russell, and 1/4 naive socialist clusterfuck. In other words, good reading for its age. Some uncanny reading-between-the-lines about the then nuclear age and seeing our own internet age.
Mutlu Cankay
Kutsal kitaplardan alıntı yaparak, uygarlığın ve birey olarak insan olmanın savunusuyla açmış metinini yazar. İtaatsizliğin yozlaştırmayacağını aksine özgür kılacağını belirtmiş ve Cennet'ten kovuluş, Prometheus mitoslarını örnek olarak göstermiş. Asimov'la aynı çıkarımları yapmış ve sormuş : "Teknoloji ilerliyor ama biz ilerliyor muyuz?" İtaati ikiye ayırmış; güce yönelik itaati, dışa dönük olarak, akla yönelik yönelik itaati içedönük olarak sınıflandırmış. Otoriter vicdanın ( üst benlik ) dış ...more
A pretty slight collection of four essays by Fromm, most of which are simple rehashes of what he said much more convincingly in Escape from Freedom and The Sane Society. It serves as a decent introduction to Fromm's thought although a newcomer might just as easily be interested in The Art of Loving or the aforementioned "Escape."

I have to admit, the pervasive Cold War references in this book left me with the continual impression that HarperPerennial published it in 2010 as a mere money-grab; it
Nikolay Shiryaev
These essays must have seemed revolutionary when they were first published, but now they look a bit idealistic, and Fromm's social critism lacks profoundness here. The latter can be explained by the fact that all of these essays were originally articles for different magazines which means that Fromm was in a way restricted in terms of volume.
I'd say that the best essays are "Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem" and "The Application of Humanist Psychoanalysis to Marx's Theory", all
Laura Galarza
Sufficiently thought provoking a la Fromm

Obedience is the reflection of all things moral, rational and just, no nobler pursuit would be possible. Such a sound statement could not and should not be contended. Yet obedience is self-contradicting a paradox at best. Such noble pursuit should give way to favorable and righteous fruit or so it would be assumed. Yet History is over shadowed and plagued with less than desirable outcomes, stemming from “virtues” demonstrations of obedience.

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Daniel Escobosa
Después de leer tres buenos libros de Erich Fromm me decepcioné mucho al leer este, es un compendio de escritos de sus últimos años sobre ocurrencias políticas con enfoque socialista. Leí solamente como la mitad del libro.
Alejandro Lino
I guess the main title is about the introduction and the first essay. But then the essays starts to take another way so different about URSS and USA (you have to remember he published the essays when the nuclear war was about to happen)

I'm not complaining about the essays,but I guess that Fromm was looking for a perfect socialist world that won't ever be real. At least not with the way society was developing ideologies and stuff.
İlk günah insanı yozlaştırmak şöyle dursun, onu özgürleştirmişti, tarihin başlangıcıydı. İnsan tam anlamı ile bir insan olmak için Cennet Bahçesi'ni terk etmeliydi.
Mahim Mishra
This book is interesting reading, specially intial 2 chapters. Though humanist socialism is also good read but too idealist.
David Teachout

Certainly idealistic and full of acknowledged areas where further research and study is needed, there is still here found a glowing rational pronouncement of a society that resides in potential within the imminent spirit of humanity. Fromm does not merely offer critiques of current dehumanizing elements but details a clear alternative that is founded upon the principle of a disobedience to irrational and power-hierarchical systems. There is no greater hope than that found in freedom to pursue p
Burak Yıldız
Öncelikle belirteyim okuduğum say yayınlarından. Bu sitede sayınki versiyonlarda gözükmüyor. Kitap iyi-güzel-hoştu. Otoriteye neden boyun eğeriz, özgür olmak için cesur olmalıyız. Otoriteye hayır demeyi bilmeliyiz gibi sorulara çözümler araması güzeldi, bilgilendiriciydi ama itaatsizlikten sonra siyasi parti propagandası gibi siyaset yapman olmadı be Froom.
Chad Newton
A set of reinforced concepts originally described in "Escape From Freedom" and "The Sane Society".
Matthew Leroy
Fromm is one of my favorite socialists. Reading this in 2013 his ideas seem almost mainstream, but then you find a little kernel of true rebelliousness in him. My favorite essay in this was "Prophets and Priests" where he enunciates the difference between someone who is revolutionary (a prophet) and someone who follows in this person's footsteps dogmatically (a priest). It's definitely worth a read from a philosophical and political standpoint.
Caitlin Casement
Jun 16, 2013 Caitlin Casement rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in psychology or politics.
Shelves: psychology, politics
Fromm uses psychological principles to make a strong case for socialism. He explains what we can do to move toward a better society that meets the needs of all. Neither preachy nor idealistic, this common-sense and clear argument about psychological and political freedom is a must for anyone interested in either.
Kitabın kendisi genel olarak çok güzel ve zihin açıcı olsa da, bu Kariyer Yayınları'ndan çıkan, kapak resmi görülen bu versiyonu kesinlikle tavsiye etmiyorum. Çevirisi çok kötü değil, ancak okumaktan bezdirecek ölçüde (hatta birkaç yerde anlamı belirsizleştirecek kadar) yazım hatası var kitap boyunca.
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
A really wonderful and quick read by Erich Fromm. Four essays focusing on disobedience, alternatives to the world he lived in, and how humans can and must attain their full potential to exist and flourish-less we are to be crushed by the boot of fascism. I recommend.
Remi Watts
Either this was a book for children, or Fromm pulled a fast one on us.
Poorly written. No depth. Nothing added to the world of thoughts and ideas.
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Erich Fromm was a German-born U.S. psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society. His works include The Art of Loving; Love, Sexuality, and Matriarchy; and Man for Himself. He died in 1980.

Fromm's theory is a rather unique blend of Freud and Marx. Freud, of course, emphasized the unconscious, biological drives, repression, and so on. In other word
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