Following the publication of the seminal Fear of Freedom, Erich Fromm applied his unique vision to a critique of contemporary capitalism in The Sane Society. Where the former dealt with man's historic inability to come to terms with his sense of isolation, and the dangers to which this can lead, The Sane Society took his theories one step further. In doing so it established Fromm as one of the most controversial political thinkers of his generation. Anaylsing how individuals conform to contemporary capitalist and patriarchal societies, the book was published to wide acclaim and even wider disapproval. It was a scathing indictment of modern capitalism and as such proved unwelcome to many. Unwelcome because much of what Fromm had to say was true. Today, as we settle into the challenges of the 21st century, Fromm's writings are just as relevant as when they were first written. Read it and decide for yourself - are you living in a sane society?
Table of Contents
Foreword, Acknowledgements, Introduction by David Ingleby 1.Are we Sane? 2.Can a Society be Sick?-The Pathology of Normalcy 3. The Human Situation-the Key to Humanistic Psychoanalysis 4.Mental Health and Society 5.Man in Capitalistic Society 6.Varios Other Diagnoses 7.Various Answers 8.Roads to Sanity, 9.Summary-Conclusion
'Erich Fromm speaks with wisdom, compassion, learning and insight into the problems of individuals trapped in a social world that is needlessly cruel and hostile.' - Noam Chomsky
`He has enriched our understanding of man in humanity, compassion and love.' - Sunday Times
'Dr Fromm is deeply concerned with the most important unifying questions that can be asked about contemporary western society - is it sane? He criticises very sharply those social psychologists who act as expert apologists for the status quo.' - The New Statesman