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In a world in which violence in every form seems to be increasing, Erich Fromm has treated this problem with deep perception in the most original and far-reaching work of his brilliant career. Fromm asks: what is there in the conditions of human existence to lead man to the orgies of destruction and violence in which he has indulged? By drawing on the findings of anthropology, palaeontogy, psychology and history; and including striking character analyses of Stalin, Hitler and Himmler, he shows how the failure to use our capacity for love and reason results in the development of the reverse: we wish to control life absolutely, or to destroy it.
It is the product of one of the most alert, the most penetrating and the most mature minds of our time". He held various university appointments before becoming Professor of Psychiatry at New York in He retired to Muralto in Switzerland, where he died in For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more. By signing up, I confirm that I'm over View all newsletter.
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The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness
Decades earlier, the great German humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm March 23, —March 18, — a man of abiding wisdom on the art of loving and the art of living — examined the cowardice of despairing pessimism and the much needed courage of rational optimism in his treatise The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness public library. Optimism is an alienated form of faith, pessimism an alienated form of despair. If one truly responds to man and his future, i. Rational faith as well as rational despair are based on the most thorough, critical knowledge of all the factors that are relevant for the survival of man.
The Anatomy Of Human Destructiveness
The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness. Erich Fromm. Throughout history, humans have shown an incredible talent for destruction as well as creation. Aggression has driven us to great heights and brutal lows. In The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness , renowned social psychologist Erich Fromm discusses the differences between forms of aggression typical for animals and two very specific forms of destructiveness that can only be found in human beings: sadism and necrophilic destructiveness.
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