Fromm’s Taxonomy of Bad Faith

“In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead.” -Erich Fromm I was recently asked to address a group of students on this question: what is the single most important issue facing America today? As expected my fellow guests, a philosopher, a sociologist,Continue reading “Fromm’s Taxonomy of Bad Faith”

The Evolution of Erich Fromm

“Fromm had an unparalleled ability to write for the public; the ability to express sensitive, complicated, and often paradoxical thoughts in a graspable way, while maintaining a very intelligent conversation. Fromm was a man interested in actively incorporating his ideas and making them accessible to the man on the street.”      Erich Fromm wasContinue reading “The Evolution of Erich Fromm”

Reik & Fromm on Dogma

The Dogma of Christ (1930) In 1955 Erich Fromm reluctantly published an essay he had written as a student when he was 30 years old. The topic was a psychoanalytic discussion of Christ, inspired by his teacher, Theodor Reik. Whereas Reik made a traditional analysis of an individual Christ, we find here a young FrommContinue reading “Reik & Fromm on Dogma”

The Uncanny (Das Unheimliche), the Doppelgänger, and the Automaton

The uncanny is that sense of real, yet unreal, unfamiliar yet known, supernatural, and inconsistent with the common experience. First described by the German psychiatrist, Ernst Jentsch (1906), the phenomenon is said to be familiar in the works of writer E.T.A. Hoffmann, most notably in his story The Sandman. The Sandman was celebrated in Jacques Offenbach’s 1851Continue reading “The Uncanny (Das Unheimliche), the Doppelgänger, and the Automaton”