Man for Himself: An Inquiry Into the Psychology of Ethics

Man for Himself: An Inquiry Into the Psychology of Ethics

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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  1. S.R. said,

    Wrote on May 10, 2012 @ 3:56 am

    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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    inspiring, July 29, 2006
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    This review is from: Man for Himself: An Inquiry Into the Psychology of Ethics (Paperback)

    Can there be an ethical system that does not rely on moral absolutes on the one hand or moral relativism on the other? Is there any other way? This book says yes and — amazingly, brilliantly — lays it out in a way that makes perfect sense. The only value we can know, the only value we need, and the only value that can have any real claim on us is OUR value, human value, and that is neither absolute nor relativistic. If this sounds absurd or offensive to you, skip this book. If you see the brilliance in it, you’re in for a treat. I’ve read this book several times and can’t get enough. Fromm is an underappreciated genius.

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  2. Richard E. Noble said,

    Wrote on May 10, 2012 @ 4:17 am

    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    The hobo Philosopher, October 2, 2007
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    Richard E. Noble (Florida Panhandle) –
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    This review is from: Man for Himself: An Inquiry Into the Psychology of Ethics (Paperback)

    As a young idealistic college student protesting on behalf of humankind I was arrested on one occasion. And when they took all my “valuables” from me, I happened to have a copy of this book in my pocket. The police officer said, “Yeah, Every Man for Himself, that is just what we need more of in this country.” And I said, this is not a book about every man acting out of personal greed and selfishness. This is a book about how Mankind could serve its own interest in trying to do good for one another. And he said “Yeah, yeah, yeah – put this butt-head in cell # 4.”
    So as you can imagine this book has a significant personal memory for me. I will bet if I read it over today there is not that much that I would disagree with. I am now 65.

    Richard Edward Noble – The Hobo Philosopher – Author of:

    “Hobo-ing America: A Workingman’s Tour of the U.S.A..”

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  3. A Strong Poet said,

    Wrote on May 10, 2012 @ 4:47 am

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    Excellent, January 6, 2003
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    A Strong Poet (Evanston, IL United States) –

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    “There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.” This sentence may be one of the most important themes in this wonderful book.

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