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The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness

The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness

Author: Erich Fromm

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781480401938

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

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A study of aggression from the renowned social psychologist and New York Times–bestselling author of The Art of Loving and Escape from Freedom. 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. His case studies span zoo animals, necrophiliacs, and the psychobiographies of notorious figures such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Through his broad scholarship, Fromm offers a comprehensive exploration of the human impulse for violence. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

Violence, Culture and Identity

Violence, Culture and Identity

Author: Helen Chambers

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039102664

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 432

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This volume contains selected papers given at the conference 'Violence, Culture and Identity' held at St Andrews University in 2003. It contributes to the debate on the role of culture in propagating, mediating and controlling violence in society, concentrating on the relationship between culture and identity-formation in Germany and Austria from the Middle Ages to the present. Bringing together the work of twenty-two scholars with expertise in different literary and historical periods, the volume probes the complexities of representations of violence enacted and suffered, of affirmative and non-affirmative violence in text and visual form, revealing the often blurred line between victim and victimizer. Violence in its discursive and material forms is investigated, using the theoretical tools of sociology, post-colonial and gender studies, history and psychology as well as of literary criticism. The collection of essays focuses particularly on the relationship between war and identity, on 1970s terrorism and identity, on violence and the construction of gender, and on contemporary writing in German.

The Legacy of Erich Fromm

The Legacy of Erich Fromm

Author: Daniel Burston

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674521684

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 260

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This is the first full-scale intellectual biography in English of Erich Fromm, perhaps the most widely read psychoanalyst after Freud, whose contributions to clinical and social psychology and the history of the psychoanalytic movement have long been underrated. Though considered a pedant, a popularizer--Escape from Freedom, The Sane Society, and The Art of Loving, among others, were best-sellers -and an "outsider" in many psychoanalytic circles, Fromm played a historic role in the development of the discipline. As a member of Freud's "loyal opposition" with strong leanings toward the "dissident fringe;' he helped effect the transfer of productive ideas from the periphery to the mainstream of the psychoanalytic movement. Daniel Burston's meticulous elucidation of these ideas unravels the numerous strands--philosophical, literary, and social--that formed a part of Freud's own work and of Fromm's sympathetic, but not uncritical, reaction to Freudian orthodoxy. Despite his grounding in the tradition of Freud, contemporaries and former associates persistently misunderstood Fromm's work. Insofar as he attempted to decipher the ideological subtexts to Freudian theory, analytically oriented theorists doing clinical or social research avoided his ideas. His Marxist leanings and his radically historical approach to human behavior made it all but impossible for mainstream academic psychologists to grasp his meaning, much less to grant it any validity. At the same time, his humanistic and ethical concerns struck many psychologists as grossly unscientific. Practical and intellectual constraints have conspired to ensure that Fromm's impact has been peripheral at best. Burston's eloquent, evenhanded reassessment of Fromm's life and work cuts through the ideological and political underbrush to reveal his pivotal role as a theorist and a critic of modern psychoanalysis. It leads readers back to Freud, whose theoretical and clinical contributions Fromm refracted and extended, and on to controversies that remain a vital part of contemporary intellectual life.

The Virtue Ethics of Hume and Nietzsche

The Virtue Ethics of Hume and Nietzsche

Author: Christine Swanton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118939383

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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This ground-breaking and lucid contribution to the vibrant field ofvirtue ethics focuses on the influential work of Hume andNietzsche, providing fresh perspectives on their philosophies and acompelling account of their impact on the development of virtueethics. A ground-breaking text that moves the field of virtue ethicsbeyond ancient moral theorists and examines the highly influentialethical work of Hume and Nietzsche from a virtue ethicsperspective Contributes both to virtue ethics and a refreshed understandingof Hume’s and Nietzsche’s ethics Skilfully bridges the gap between continental and analyticalphilosophy Lucidly written and clearly organized, allowing students tofocus on either Hume or Nietzsche Written by one of the most important figures contributing tovirtue ethics today

Erich Fromm and Global Public Sociology

Erich Fromm and Global Public Sociology

Author: McLaughlin, Neil

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781529214604

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

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Erich Fromm was one of the most influential and creative public intellectuals of the twentieth century. He was a mentor to David Riesman and an inspiration for the New Left. As the rise of global right-wing populism and Trumpism creates new interest in the kind of psycho-social writing and popular sociology that Fromm pioneered in the 1930s, this timely book tells the story of the rise, fall and contemporary revival of Fromm’s theories. Drawing from empirical work, this is an invaluable contribution to popular debates about current politics, the sociology of ideas and the prospect of a truly global public sociology.

Collective Political Violence

Collective Political Violence

Author: Earl Conteh-Morgan

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415947448

Category: Political Science

Page: 333

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'Collective Political Violence' offers a comprehensive analysis of the many explanations of revolutions, civil wars, genocide & terrorism. Case studies range from the Rwanda genocide to the civil rights movement in the US, & the volume also includes debates on terrorism, peacekeeping & environmental security.

Bodies Under Siege

Bodies Under Siege

Author: Armando R. Favazza

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801853001

Category: Psychology

Page: 404

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Although instances of deliberate skin-cutting are recorded as far back as the old and New Testaments of the Bible the behavior has generally been regarded as a symptom of various mental disorders. With the publication of Bodies Under Siege, a book described in the New York Times Magazine (July 17, 1997) as "the first to comprehensively explore self-mutilation," Dr. Armando Favazza has pioneered the study of the behavior as significant and meaningful unto itself. Drawing from the latest case studies from clinical psychiatry he broadens our understanding of self-mutilation and body modification and explores their surprising connections to the elemental experiences of healing, religions, salvation, and social balance. Favazza makes sense out of seemingly senseless self-mutilative behaviors by providing both a useful classification and examination of the ways in which the behaviors provide effective but temporary relief from troublesome symptoms such as overwhelming anxiety, racing thoughts, and depersonalization. He offers important new information on the psychology and biology of self-mutilation, the link between self-mutilation and eating disorders, and advances in treatment. An epilogue by Fakir Musafar, the father of the Modern Primitive movement, describes his role in influencing a new generation to "experiment with the previously forbidden 'body side' of life" through piercing, blood rituals, scarification, and body sculpting in order to attain a state of grace. The second edition of Bodies Under Siege is the major source of information about self-mutilation, a much misunderstood behavior that is now coming into public awareness.