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Escape from Freedom

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  7,429 Ratings  ·  343 Reviews
If humanity cannot live with the dangers and responsibilities inherent in freedom, it will probably turn to authoritarianism. This is the central idea of Escape from Freedom, a landmark work by one of the most distinguished thinkers of our time, and a book that is as timely now as when first published in 1941. Few books have thrown such light upon the forces that shape mod ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 15th 1994 by Holt McDougal (first published 1941)
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Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Existentialism has always fascinated me as the condemnation to freedom of mankind is such hard felt in society I'm living in.

This book is quite an easy read when compared to Sartre's, Beauvoir's or Nietszche's.

The willingness of choice, human act, and thinking has been deem sinful since the dawn of civilisation- Adam and Eva being ousted from Eden in the name of infringement of Gods will - to make the choice of having knowledge and ability to think.

The powerlessness and insecurity of our generat
Ahmad Sharabiani
Die Furcht vor der Freiheit = The Fear of Freedom, Erich Fromm
First published in the United States in 1941. In the book, Fromm explores humanity's shifting relationship with freedom, with particular regard to the personal consequences of its absence. His special emphasis is the psychosocial conditions that facilitated the rise of Nazism.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه می سال 1972 میلادی
عنوان: گریز از آزادی؛ نویسنده: اریش فروم؛ مترجم: عزت الله فولادوند؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، فرانکلین، 1348، در 294 ص؛ چاپ دوم
Fromm approached the theme of freedom on a multi-perspective basis, drawing insights from historical events, religious dogmas, economic movements, socio-biological and anthropological relationships, and psychological phenomena in understanding how in humanity's quest for freedom and individuality, the price paid is the burden of isolation and alienation - if he has no genuine end on what to do with his new-found 'freedom'. Which then results in a back-and-forth process of seeking back the lost s ...more
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
My rating of this book varies from one chapter to another. The first chapters explaining the attempts of Lutherism and Calvinism to fill the void freedom created during the early era of capitalism were good. Basically, when the feudal system was being replaced by capitalism, man was more free, but also more isolated and insecure. The solution offered by Protestanism was total submission to God and work as a means of searching for a sign of salvation. That laid the groundwork for the unhealthy me ...more
Araz Goran
بعد صعود الحزب النازي في ألمانيا , لاحظ فروم الهزة العنيفة التي تلقتها مفهوم الحرية على يد الشعب والنخبة المثقفة التي كانت تحارب سابقاً ولقرون من أجل تلك الحرية فإذا بها تعود القهقرى وتنقلب على ما كانت تعتبره مقدساً وحقاً لا تنازل عنه لأجل وعود بالأمن والأستقرار وتحسين الوضع الأقتصادي

الهروب من الحرية أو الهروب الجمعي من المسؤولية يعالجه فروم من الناحية التاريخة والنفسية والإجتماعية بعقلية نقدية وفلسفية واعية وتحليل بارع لمفهوم الحرية بوصفها المادة الأكثر جدلاً في القرون المتأخرة..

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Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب مهم و متعب جداكتب ف ظل الحكم الهتلري و بحث سياسيا و اجتماعيا و نفسيا لايجاد الاجابات المقنعة حول هروب الانسان من الحرية و التفافه حول الفاشية رغم فظاعتها ) الكتاب يتحدث فقط ضمن الاطار الاوربي

بدأ بالحديث حول الازمة الحداثية و التفاضل بين مجتمع تقليدي يحوي الكثير من القيود و الروابط و التراتبيات الاجتماعية و الاقتصادية و الدينية و العرقية و بالتالي حرية الانسان محدود جدا ضمن الطبقة التي يحتلها و يكون له حقوق و التزامات واضحةو يعيش ضمن مجتمع امن بدون مفاجئات او تقلبات و بطريقة مرسومة ك مجتمع
Ameera H.  Al-mousa
قدم فروم مؤلفة الهرب من الحرية , كمزامنة لذروة هتلر التسلطية , لذاته في القوة والهيمنة الذي يراها في العمق هرب من العجز واللاجدوي إلى القوة .

وهي أشبه ما تكون دراسة عريضة تعالج الطابع المميز لنسيج الإنسان الحديث والمشكلات الخاصة النفسية والاجتماعية و السياسية والأخطار الراهنة التي تشير إلى أعظم انجازات الحضارة الحديثة بما فيها ظهور سمة الفردية وتفرد الشخصية , ومدى مفهوم الحرية بالنسبة للإنسان الحديث من بعد ما تحرر من قيود المجتمع التي تمنحه الآمان , وحصوله من بعد ذلك على امتلاك العقلانية والاستقل
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Certainly of all the nonfiction I've read this year, I would recommend Escape From Freedom above all others. This is my first time reading Fromm and I'm thoroughly impressed.

This work addresses topics which are very important to me: individuality, authoritarianism, freedom and how it all relates to our modern, democratic society. Fromm draws a causal link between the freedom gained for the individual in the transition to modernity, and the reactionary rise of the authoritarian personality. Fromm
Safa Rawashdeh
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع وقراءته لازمة
موجودن , لكن لا نعرف ما الذي يجب أن نفعله حيال ذلك
ندّعي أننا أحرار ولا نمارس أي حريّة ولا نفعل بحريّتنا شيئاً
لو صدق الإنسان أنه حر وجب عليه أن يتحمل المسؤولية
وجودنا بدون بدون إدراكنا كم نحن أحرار وجود مشوّه
Mikael Lind
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, sociology
Yes, this is still a very important book even though it was written in 1942. It is mainly focused on the concept of freedom from the medieval times to the period before WWII. He points to weaknesses both in the (at the time) communist East and capitalist West, but (not surprisingly) his fiercest critique is that of the nazi ideology and the kind of man that Goebbels and Hitler wanted to create (a subordinated, disciplined creature, with a lack of critical thinking, etc.).
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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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“The more the drive toward life is thwarted, the stronger is the drive toward destruction; the more life is realized, the less is the strength of destructiveness. Destructiveness is the outcome of unlived life.” 73 likes
“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; that 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.” 39 likes
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