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الإنسان من أجل ذاته: بحث في سيكولوجية الأخلاق

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عندما نتحدث عن عمل كلاسيكي فإننا عادة ما نفكر في كتاب قد كتب منذ بعض الوقت وقد ساهم في موضوع أو مشكلة على نحو أن له معنى تاريخيًا لا تزال له أهميته الدالة من يومنا هذا. إن كتاب فروم "الإنسان لنفسه" يذهب إلى أنه بحث في سيكولوجية فلسفة الأخلاق. فهل هذا البحث يعد كلاسيكيًا؟ إننا اليوم نجد أن المشكلات الأخلاقية هي حديث المدينة، ومما لا شك فيه أن فروم يساهم بالكثير في معضلاتنا ...more
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Published 2007 by منشورات وزارة الثقافة - دمشق (first published 1947)
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Fergus
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this back in the sixties. You know, the age of travelling book markets... bookmobiles that SOLD books.

Back in those years of the Boomer’s (like me) intellectual awakening, our borrowed humanistic ideals created a dysfunctional world.

Wyzat? Because the Greatest Generation (those who lived during the War) repressed our cries for wholesale change.

We were radical humanists and the oldtimers would have none of it! You see it even today, a time when reactionary forces can still elect a radical
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Jonathan
Interesting but defective. Fromm tries to sketch an ethical system that is both objective and humanistic. That is, he believes that morality should derive from mankind's true nature and objective needs, but that we should get it from ourselves rather than from some transcendent authority. This project is self-defeating.

In the first place, Fromm's quest for objectivity devolves into a new kind of authoritarianism. Fromm believes that social scientists, especially psychologists (such as Fromm hims
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Morgan Blackledge
Excuse me for gushing but....

I feel like I just discovered a charming, brilliant, wise old talking tree in the forest, who’s every word is as clear and valuable to me as a polished precious stone.

His name is Eric Fromm, and he speaks to me via books, originally written on paper made from industrial scale deforestation, but now delivered electronically, powered by the bones and blood of long extinct beings i.e. coal and oil.

Fromm speaks from the grave (he died in 1980). But he speaks to certain
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عماد العتيلي
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“If faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated.”.

YOU ARE NOT FROM HERE! YOU DON’T BELONG TO PLANET EARTH!
Fromm! WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU FROM?!

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This book is a continuation of Fromm’s other book Escape from Freedom, and here he moves from discussing freedom, to discussing ethics. What is the nature of th
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“There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.”

“...Today the lack of faith is an expression of profound confusion and despair. Once skepticism and rationalism were progressive forces for the development of thought; now they have become rationalizations for relativism and uncertainty.”

“The failure of modern culture lies not in its principle of individualism, not in the idea that moral virtue is the same as the pursuit of self-interest, bu
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Rebecca
Jul 30, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Worth reading, and realitivly easy to grasp (compared to, say, Lacan). He calls himself a 'humanist' meaning (to him, it seems)that he is very individual centered, positive on the potentials of the individual against a potentially corrupting society (as you could glean from the title). One of the greatest annoyances was that you get no clear definition of such abstrations as "living up to one's potentials" or "productiveness." Also, he gets kind of obsessed with breaking down different types of ...more
Traian
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book from Fromm, but surely not the last one.
It's probably in my top 10 non-fiction books and I think it is a definite read for anyone that wants to understand more about humanism and how ethics can be incorporated into humanism.

Fromm considers that people moral life and productivity in a person are interlinked therefore any person who is productive in work (related to the environment) and in love (related to social relations) should also be moral. The lack of productive work
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Bob Nichols
May 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Toward the end of this book Fromm poses a central question: "Man, Good or Evil?" Here he takes on the "dogma" (you know which side he's on) of "man's innate natural evilness" and argues against those opponents of "humanistic ethics" which sees "man" as "inherently good."

There are three problems with Fromm's argument. First, the good versus evil dichotomy is simplistically stated. "Is man good or man bad?" assumes that there's one universal and common human nature. If we vary by physical structu
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Harry Z
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eric Fromm's works are some of the best books I have ever read on the human condition. I remember reading "the Art of Loving" back in catholic high school and how strongly it impressed upon me the importance of loving over being in love. This book is just as strong in every regard. There's nothing I can tell to do it justice--it's a short book, so just get it and read it. His discussions of such subjects as instincts, drives, fulfillment and ethics are models of conciseness and clarity. Perhaps ...more
Thom Kaife
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m probably not well versed enough in ethics to make the most in depth of review, or to have read with a deeply critical eye. However, I really enjoyed Escape From Freedom and as such I really enjoyed this too. Fromm was a psychoanalyst working in the earlier half of the twentieth century so yeah, some of the language seems incredibly dated. However, the humanistic ideal of the ‘productive self,’ as opposed to the more toxic dispositions we find under capitalism, I found to be very useful and i ...more
Evan Micheals
Oct 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book showed me the limitations of audio books. It is a deepish book regarding the psychology of ethics. It is the sort of book that the important parts need to be referenced and re-read. I did not find anything mind-blowing or profound that I felt “I have to remember that”. A lot of what he said was plausible. I felt he drew a number of long bows (“How can he know that?”) drawing conclusions from limited data. Ultimately I found this work generally dull and forgettable, and suspect this is ...more
John Ediger
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! This book speaks to me! Erich Fromm is so Profound and Insightful!!!!
Fernando Escobar
This is my favorite book by Fromm so far. With depth and surprise. I think what I enjoy most is how neutral he can be within his own framework. One gets the feeling that you could debate him (probably not win), but he would hear you. He writes like someone who is truly listening.
Javier
Aug 17, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-college
An okay book, but nothing particularly new if you're familiar with Erich Fromm's other works. I did like his comments, though, on how 'anti-social' behavior ('crime', depression, etc.) is in many ways a response to profoundly unfulfilling--negating--social environments. In this sense and many others, Fromm's analysis (here as elsewhere) is much-needed as a perspective that calls for structural change, towards a society in which individuals can be affirmed and, in a sense, truly happy. ...more
Stephen
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Teetering somewhere between analytic psychology and existential philosophy, Fromm explores the existential dilemma and its ethical corollaries, proposing a humanistic solution: man achieves his greatest happiness in productivity, in maximizing our innate potentials and being the best versions of ourselves that we can be.
IAO131
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly clear and concise book that focuses on 'humanistic ethics.' I give it 4 instea of 5 stars because of Fromm's tendency to repeat himself and go on slightly irrelevant tangents, especially in the second half of the book. Relevant to all Thelemtes interested in the problems of ethics, individually and socio-politically. ...more
Shane Avery
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thought
currently re-reading...
Sankar Raj
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Erich Fromm in this book develops ethical principles for the modern man based on humanist and existential philosophers.
Henrikas
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book overall. I don't think it's Fromm's best work, but it has some very good insights and works particularly well if you have read some of his previous works, particularly "Escape from Freedom". It also serves as an excellent link to his later works.

I think the biggest issue with the book that it juggles a lot of weird terms without clarifying what Fromm means by them. Positive energy, negative energy, strength, power, good, bad, oneself. Of course, you can accept these terms, because
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Mateja Vuković
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Humanistic approach in terms of ethics isn’t something I came across many times when researching history of ethics. Although some constituents and principles can be found in works of Aristotle and Spinoza, I believe that Fromm managed to organise everything in a solid, coherent composition. From my perspective, there are some statements that I wouldn’t object against as untrue, but would rather comment on the fact that not enough empirical data has been provided to back them up. For instance, th ...more
Christopher D Brown
Amazingly shines a light on Washington, D.C. todday

Fromm's ideas are timeless. His psychological, philosophical and political insights are more valuable today as our society faces the problems of growing inequality. He shows that the superficial self-help industry and the corporate advertising complex see us as easy prey for the quick fixes they offer as solutions for the deep struggles we face as a society and as individuals.
This book demonstrates that we all have the ability to understand our
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Serge
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worthwhile Psychology of Ethics

Fromm diagnoses the modem dilemma and offers a more conscionable way than Skinner and a less reductionist path than Freud. I appreciated his thorough analysis of character traits and his expert use of literary examples ( particularly Ibsen's underappreciated Peer Gynt). The balancing act of mining and contextualizing the insights of Spinoza and Spencer without fully endorsing either offers a master class in close reading. The constant focus on productiveness as a m
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Wise man shares his hopes for humanity rather than describes it as it is. His humanism is religious and beyond the praise of virtues in Greek philosophers. Author complains that psychology wrongly divorces itself from philosophy and ethical guidance. I agree but guidance also needs grounding in reality.
Sanjay Tillani
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erich Fromm addressed various foundational issues of human thinking and their morals which regardless of time not changes much, with those ideas he put a retrospect of changing times and how the complexity of issues changes without ever leaving the core issue. It was a good read, it gave a lot of questions with less answers.
David Sjolander
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Very Thought-provoking

While it might, as first, appear a bit dated, this book is very relevant to today's world. Besides the obvious fact that basic human tendencies and needs don't change over time, the author's critique of society views people as commodities is even more widespread than at time of publication.
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Jim Manis
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Does not hold up as well over the years since it was published. Fromm's arguments are too heavily based on deductive reasoning and an agreement with his audience that he is telling them what they want to hear. The productive life, Fromm argues, is the most desirable. ...more
Cameron MacDonald
" As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for answers at every point except the one where they can be found-himself." ...more
Ci
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fromm may have been attempting an enterprise to derive an ethical system from human psychology. I agree with one librarian Jonathan who wrote an excellent review on this book .
Benjamin Hager
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing analysis of the human condition, truly an important work.
Kate
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good start, interesting. But for me it got boring and dull in the middle of the book
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Erich Fromm, Ph.D. (Sociology, University of Heidelberg, 1922), was a psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society, and held various professorships in psychology in the U.S. and Mexico in the mid-20th century.

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