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Erich Fromm in China – Overview of the Reception of his Thinking (1961–2014) . A Preliminary Study. Poster Presentation

  • Erich Fromm is highly regarded in the Chinese academic field. This preliminary paper reports the major findings of an extensive data gathering project in China that gives us a basic outline of the trends in the reception of Fromm. We conducted several literature searches between June 2012 and May 2013 using different online databases, mostly China Knowledge Resource Integrated Database KNS (CNKI). This paper offers a categorization of the more than 800 contributions of Chinese authors, discusses the most important results, compares Fromm's very extensive reception in China to other countries and makes suggestions for future projects. While we initially expected Fromm to be invoked for criticism of Western capitalism, his views on how to cope with >the predicaments of modern man< are mostly used to underpin critical comments on mismanagement in China itself. In this way Fromm is used as a source of inspiration and creativity in theoretical matters as well as in practical questions, and also to comment on the spiritual and emotional development of the individual in modern China. There are, furthermore, extensive Chinese debates on Fromm’s concepts of >social character<, >the nature of man<, >escape from freedom<, >alienation<, >Marxism as humanism< and >the art of love< and there is an interesting reception of Fromm's concepts of psychoanalysis and social psychology in literature and art studies. Fromm’s humanistic and humanistic-ethical contributions are particularly appreciated with reference to their importance for theory and practice – even though there is a fair amount of criticism of Fromm in China as well.

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Author:Manfred Zimmer
Publisher URL (printed edition):http://www.psychosozial-verlag.de/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/2535/CATALOGSSID/8c52oh5o77t4cs3r5m2r2722j4
Parent Title (English):R. Funk and N. McLaughlin (Eds.), Towards a Human Science. The Relevance of Erich Fromm for Today, Giessen (Psychosozial-Verlag) 2015, pp. 301-312.
Document Type:Articles
Year of first Publication:2015
Release Date:2015/12/14
Format:PDF-scan to download
Writings about Erich Fromm (Secondary Literature):Articles / Artikel
Erich Fromm's Library and Erich Fromm Archive:Articles / Artikel
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