The Power of Man in Fromm’s Humanistic Ethics

  • Erich Fromm analyzed how man is divided in his sense of true self. This division within forces him to cling to abstract and concrete entities outside of himself and Fromm calls this >transference< which he, after all, borrowed from Freud. This transferring of man’s individuality to outside forces brings temporary relief to his experience of powerlessness and loneliness. The transference makes man acquire a masochistic character wherein he submits himself to outside irrational forces that perpetually dehumanize him. This is the reason why his ethics is a struggle to bring back the power of man within, nursing his potentialities to change himself and transform his world. Ethics, for Fromm, is a form of normativity which leads man into freedom to fully actualize his own sense of self.

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Author:Ian Raymond B. Pacquing
Parent Title (English):Kritike, Vol. 7, pp. 33-49.
Document Type:Articles
Year of first Publication:2013
Release Date:2022/05/04
Format:PDF-file to download
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