La condición humana actual y otros temas de la vida contemporánea

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Paidós, 2000 - 122 pages
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Este libro examina con detalle algunos temas de fundamental importancia para el hombre de hoy el sexo y el caracter, el psicoanalisis y la psicologia, la revolucion y la pazb&, a traves de un analisis pormenorizado de las perspectivas de progreso que abrio la caida del mundo medieval destruccion que permitio al hombre occidental la posibilidad historica de un progreso sin limites, de una autentica realizacion de la utopia y de las causas de esta trayectoria inesperada. El hecho es que las sociedades modernas requieren un determinado tipo de hombre para funcionar y el industrialismo moderno ha tenido exito en la produccion de esta clase de hombre: es el automata, el hombre enajenado . El ideal de este hombre automata, anade Fromm, es que todo transcurra de acuerdo con el viejo slogan de la Kodak: Usted apriete el boton, nosotros hacemos el resto . Los hombres son, cada vez mas, automatas que fabrican maquinas que actuan como hombres y producen hombres que funcionan como maquinas. Su razon se deteriora a la vez que crece su inteligencia. De este modo, y como dice el propio Fromm, lo mas urgente es huir de esta situacion y crear un nuevo hombre que debera ser temerario, valiente, imaginativo, capaz de sufrir y gozar, pero cuyas fuerzas estaran al servicio de la vida, no de la muerte .

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Psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm was born in Frankfurt, Germany on March 23, 1900. He received a Ph.D in sociology from the University of Heidelberg in 1922 and finished his psychoanalytical training at the Psychoanalytical Institute in Berlin in 1930. He started his own clinical practice and joined the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research. In 1934, he moved to New York and became a professor at Columbia University. In 1950, he moved to Mexico City and became a professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, where he created a psychoanalytic section at the medical school. He retired from there in 1965 and moved to Muralto, Switzerland in 1974. Throughout his life, Fromm maintained a clinical practice and wrote books. His writings were notable for both their social and political commentary and their philosophical and psychological underpinnings. He became known for linking human personality types with socioeconomic and political structures. His most popular book, The Art of Loving, was first published in 1956 and became an international bestseller. He died on March 18, 1980.

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