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Author: Erich Fromm
ISBN: 0553274856
Subcategory: Philosophy
Publisher Bantam (October 1, 1983)
Language English
Category: Politics
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. 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. Fromm clearly spells out the choices inherent in HAVING or BEING and the polar opposite results those two pathways ultimately produce, in terms of neurosis, happiness, or the lack thereof. My older eyes see Fromm as a Utopian Idealist, but I still think this is a terrific guidebook for individual ethics, offering many deep insights into the Art of Living Well.

To Have or to Be? is a 1976 book by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, in which he differentiates between having and being. Fromm writes that modern society has become materialistic and prefers "having" to "being". He mentions the great promise of unlimited happiness, freedom, material abundance, and domination of nature.

Fromm argues that positive change-both social and economic-will come from being, loving, and sharing. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

Erich Fromm makes it simple to understand; it is entirely our life-orientation towards having over Absolutely brilliant book. It takes a lot for a book to move me, or present a new idea that totally affects my perceptions of reality. This book got right to core of a deep-seated culturally accepted norm that was so hard to see I didn't even realize it was there. I have been aware of others talking about the alienating nature of Western culture without getting at the heart of why it is alienating. Erich Fromm makes it simple to understand; it is entirely our life-orientation towards having.

Work Cited Fromm, Erich. To Have or To Be. London. Continuum International Publishing Group. Among his work few well known ones were Escape from Freedom, The Art of Loving, and To Have or To Be. Summary: The essay Disobedience is a Psychology and Moral problem was first published in the year 1963. It was based on critical discussion on comforts of obedience, varieties associated with it, some of which according to his view was destructive in nature and others were life affirming 3 Pages(750 words)Essay.

Born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Erich Fromm (1900-1980) studied sociology and psychoanalysis. In 1933, he emigrated as a member of the Frankfurt School of social thinkers to the United States, moved to Mexico in 1950, and spent his twilight years between 1974 and 1980 in Switzerland. His books Fear of Freedom (1941) and The Art of Loving (1956) made him famous. Other well-known books are Marx's Concept of Man, Beyond the Chains of Illusion, and The Essential Fromm.

This book was written in 1976. Fromm describes, in very understandable terms, the eternal conflict between the desire to "have" and the desire to "be"

This book was written in 1976. Fromm debates that there are two possible modes of living: one of having and of being. Fromm describes, in very understandable terms, the eternal conflict between the desire to "have" and the desire to "be". He outlines logically that most problems humanity has is the strive for materialism. He compares things to be had as dead and qualities to be as living.

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.>
Jerinovir
Where to begin? This has to be one of my Top Ten favorite books. If you are unaware of who Erich Fromm was, do a quick Wikipedia search. It's pertinent. This is not an overly-abstract, philosophical read; it's easygoing, not too long, and it's insightful.

I FIRST read this as a recreational read in my twenties and it made a positive impression. Read this book and you'll be able to answer this question for yourself: What is the Point of Living: To Have or To Be?

In my twenties, I was most impressed with this quote (capitalization mine): "If you are what you HAVE and you lose what you have, what then are you? But if you are what you ARE and you lose what you have, no man controls your destiny."

Now, with 25+ years of REAL living behind me, I've seen the real-world impact of what Fromm describes as the true cost of the soul-crushing alienation of the obsessive "having" state typically pursued in our society. The end result of this lifestyle choice is not pretty: neither for individuals, nor for societies in general. Think "Crash of 2008" and its aftermath and re-alignment. Or think of your Best Friend who's out shopping for her 12th Cadillac, trying oh-so-desperately to keep ahead of the neighbors.

Fromm clearly spells out the choices inherent in HAVING or BEING and the polar opposite results those two pathways ultimately produce, in terms of neurosis, happiness, or the lack thereof. My older eyes see Fromm as a Utopian Idealist, but I still think this is a terrific guidebook for individual ethics, offering many deep insights into the Art of Living Well. Read it and get a healthy head start on Knowing Thyself.
Inertedub
This author is my favorite. I read this book in the 1980's and went on to read 3 more books by Erich Fromm.
I recommend his books to anyone that wants insight into the American culture of capitalism and behaviors
from the American people's psyche. He's highly underrated or even non-existent as an author, by today's 20,30,and 40 year old's.
That's a real shame.
Yadon
So true! We are where Fromm in the 70ies! pretty much had predicted we would be. Meticulous evaluation of capitalism and how limited resources (on our planet) do not correspond to unlimited growth the paradigm of capitalism.
Chilele
Erich Fromm for me basically helps me learn how to live a better life.

For me, Otto Rank, William James, and Erich Fromm are the three psychologist which have had the most influence on me in my life. While it may not be possible to cover all of the latest research discovered in recent decades of the academic psychology research world, it would be possible for a lay person to basically get a much better understanding of the human condition from reading a couple of books from Fromm, and Rank.
Ballalune
Part of Erich Fromm's series on World Perspectives, this book takes a very fundamental look at the root of the world's problems (especially in the United States) and breaks it down to a very simple, logical choice of lifestyle; of which there are only two: a life of "having" or a life of "being." Throughout the book Fromm reasserts many of the major beliefs and practices of the two modes of thought, and although he clearly favors one over the other (as all good people should), he gives good examples of how humans are drawn into both of the classes, as well as how we can change.

In short, if you have been struggling with doubt or depression over many things you do in life and are ready to consider making profound changes for your essential happiness, try giving this book a read. I have already passed it among three of my friends and seen some substantial changes.
Taulkree
I agree with other reviewers that the book should be read more than one time. I would add that it should be sipped like a fine brandy. In small sips and not gulped down.

We all have our favorite psychologists but Fromm is the creme de la creme of them all in my opinion. I especially enjoyed Chapter Six. The themes of security and insecurity, solidarity and antagonism, joy and pleasure, sin and forgiveness, fear of dying and affirmation of living,
here and now and Past and Future are spot on.
Mikarr
Erich Fromm's take on Meister Eckhart. Really good and still relevant.
I really liked this book and the point of it. Fromm does a very good job at making his points clear through examples. The whole book is centered on one point and hardly goes astray but for, in my opinion, some of the sections after the mid point. It's likely that I was being more defensive of religion than he was going off topic. I will admit that after reading the first few lines of those sections I knew that I wouldn't want to keep reading them because if I disagreed it might ruin the rest of the book for me.

Overall, this book makes me want to be a better person and offers the effect of soaking up the information into one's self so that it's not really a matter of remembering but a matter of being, which is the message of the whole book anyway.

It's a great read and there are a lot of points which would help the individual but there are also some points which would probably not serve one well in this society. I'll leave you to decide that on your own whether those points are good or bad.