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1984 (Signet Classics)
Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever...

•Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read•

The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.

Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching...

A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
release date: Nov 21, 2006
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The Art of Loving

Today more than ever, love is the answer. Here is the classic instruction manual. Now reissued with a beautiful new cover, here is Erich Fromm’s ground-breaking international bestseller that has shown millions of readers how to achieve rich, productive lives by developing their hidden capacities for love.

The renowned psychoanalyst Erich Fromm has helped millions of men and women achieve rich, productive lives by developing their hidden capacities for love. In this astonishingly frank and candid book, he explores the ways in which this extraordinary emotion can alter the whole course of your life.

Most of us are unable to develop our capacities for love on the only level that really counts—a love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge, and courage. Learning to love, like other arts, demands practice and concentration. Even more than any other art it demands genuine insight and understanding.

In this provocative, insightful book, Fromm discusses love in all its aspects; not only romantic love, so surrounded by false conceptions, but also love of parents, children, brotherly love, erotic love, self-love, and love of God.

 

 

 

release date: Sep 15, 1994
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Escape from Freedom

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 modern society or penetrated so deeply into the causes of authoritarian systems. If the rise of democracy set some people free, at the same time it gave birth to a society in which the individual feels alienated and dehumanized. Using the insights of psychoanalysis as probing agents, Fromm's work analyzes the illness of contemporary civilization as witnessed by its willingness to submit to totalitarian rule.

release date: Jun 27, 2013
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To Have or To Be? (Bloomsbury Revelations)

To Have Or to Be? is one of the seminal books of the second half of the 20th century. Nothing less than a manifesto for a new social and psychological revolution to save our threatened planet, this book is a summary of the penetrating thought of Eric Fromm. His thesis is that two modes of existence struggle for the spirit of humankind: the having mode, which concentrates on material possessions, power, and aggression, and is the basis of the universal evils of greed, envy, and violence; and the being mode, which is based on love, the pleasure of sharing, and in productive activity. To Have Or to Be? is a brilliant program for socioeconomic change.

release date: Aug 03, 2010
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On Disobedience: Why Freedom Means Saying "No" to Power (Harper Perennial Modern Thought)

"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 Disobedience is a collection of provocative essays, including the title entry, which suggests the very act of dissent—the choice to refuse to conform, to speak "no" to those in power—is essential to a humane society, both to ensure humankind's preservation and to allow for one person to reclaim a genuine sense of self.

release date: Oct 15, 1990
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The Sane Society

The Sane Society is a continuation and extension of the brilliant psychiatric concepts Erich Fromm first formulated in Escape from Freedom; it is also, in many ways, an answer to Freud's Civilization and its Discontents. Fromm examines man's escape into overconformity and the danger of robotism in contemporary industrial society: modern humanity has, he maintains, been alienated from the world of their own creation. Here Fromm offers a complete and systematic exploration of his "humanistic psychoanalysis." In so doing, he counters the profound pessimism for our future that Freud expressed and sets forth the goals of a society in which the emphasis is on each person and on the social measures designed to further function as a responsible individual.

release date: Oct 14, 2015
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El Arte de Amar (Spanish Edition)
El arte de amar es una obra con la que Erich Fromm ha ayudado a varias generaciones a reflexionar sobre el amor y a responder a algunas preguntas aparentemente sencillas: ¿qué significa amar? ¿Cómo desprendernos de nosotros mismos para experimentar este sentimiento…? Fromm nos explica que el amor no es sólo una relac ión personal, sino un rasgo de madurez que se manifiesta en diversas formas: amor erótico, amor fraternal, amor filial, amor a uno mismo… Nos dice también que el amor no es algo pasajero y mecánico, como a veces nos induce a creer la sociedad de hoy. Muy al contrario, el amor es un arte, el fruto de un aprendizaje. Por ello, si queremos aprender a amar debemos actuar como lo haríamos si quisiéramos aprender cualquier otro arte, ya sea la música, la pintura, la carpintería o el arte de la medicina. O, por lo menos, no dedicar nuestra energía a lograr el éxito y el dinero, el prestigio y el poder, sino a cultivar el verdadero arte de amar. “El amor intenta entender, convencer, vivificar. Por este motivo, el que ama se transforma constantemente. Capta más, observa más, es más productivo, es más él mismo.”
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release date: Dec 19, 2013
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Marx's Concept of Man: Including 'Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts' (Bloomsbury Revelations)

In publishing Marx's Concept of Man in 1961, Erich Fromm presented to the English-speaking world for the first time Karl Marx's then recently discovered Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts. Including the Manuscripts and many other philosophical writings by Marx as well as Fromm's own extended response, many of these writings have since become recognised as important works in their own right. Fromm stresses Marx's humanist philosophy and challenges both contemporary Western ignorance of Marx and Soviet corruptions of his work. Fromm's analysis of Marx's work and his dissemination of these neglected writings by Marx himself fundamentally altered the prevailing discourse about Marxism, revolutionising contemporary thought and providing a formative influence for the development of the New Left.

release date: Feb 15, 1992
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The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness

In this provocative book, the distinguished author writes to break the deadlock in the struggle between the instinctivism of Konrad Lorenz and behavior psychologist B.F. Skinner.

release date: Nov 15, 1990
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Man for Himself: An Inquiry Into the Psychology of Ethics

In Man for Himself, Erich Fromm examines the confusion of modern women and men who, because they lack faith in any principle by which life ought to be guided, become the helpless prey forces both within and without. From the broad, interdisciplinary perspective that marks Fromm's distinguished oeuvre, he shows that psychology cannot divorce itself from the problems of philosophy and ethics, and that human nature cannot be understood without understanding the values and moral conflicts that confront us all. He shows that an ethical system can be based on human nature rather than on revelations or traditions. As Fromm asserts, "If man is to have confidence in values, he must know himself and the capacity of his nature for goodness and productiveness."

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