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To Have Or To Be?

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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.

Author: Fromm Erich
Pages: 190
ISBN: 9781780936802
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2013


Introduction: The Great Promise, Its Failure, and New Alternatives

Part 1: Understanding the Difference between Having and Being

I. A First Glance

II. Having and Being in Daily Experience

III. Having and Being in the Old and New Testaments and in the Writings of Master Eckhart

Part 2: Analyzing the Fundamental Differences between the Two Modes of Existence

IV. What Is the Having Mode?

V. What Is the Being Mode?

VI. Further Aspects of Having and Being

Part 3: The New Man and the New Society

VII. Religion, Character, and Society

VIII. Conditions for Human Change and the Features of the New Man

IX. Features of the New Society



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.

Karl Marx (1818-1883)was a philosopher, social scientist, historian and revolutionary activist. Oneof the most widely influential - if often controversial - thinkers of the last200 years, his books include TheCommunist Manifesto and the unfinished multi-volume work Capital.

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