By Erich Fromm

David Ingleby (Introduction)

First released in 1956, "The Sane Society" is well known as being some of the most robust and eloquent explorations of the human situation in sleek society. Fromm argues that smooth society matters people to non-stop disenchantment from the realm which they created. humans in smooth society are estranged from other folks, from the items which they produce and eat, from their executive and from themselves. Capitalism has produced "the manipulated personality". to permit current tendencies to proceed unchecked will end result, Fromm contends, in an insane society during which alienation is the order of the day. Rejecting the choices of either capitalism and communism, Fromm discusses a 3rd means of exploring issues. He writes of a sort of association during which no person is a way in the direction of another's ends, the place the healthiness of people is the point of interest of society, and the place own development enhances financial progress. Fromm provides an entire define of the idea that of humanistic psychoanalysis, and charts the trails that can divert us from the tendency to robotism. He seems ahead to "the sane society" within which people are efficient, fit and liable. This booklet may be of curiosity to scholars of sociology and psychology.

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Northern Ireland . Ireland (Republic) . 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 The information in the first and second tables is derived from 1. World Health Organization (1951) Annual epidemiological and vital statistics, 1939–46.

To sum up, then: Fromm’s critique of the irrationality of modern societies, however unsuccessful his attempts to provide it with a metaphysical foundation may be, is certainly not exaggerated or dated. If anything, it is too charitable. Curiously enough, Fromm’s views on the psychological alienation of man in modern society seem to stand the test of time less well. D. Laing (see note 32). Moreover, the development of an antimilitaristic, anti-authoritarian, anti-materialist counter-culture in the 1960s can be seen as a whole generation “voting with its feet” against the culture Fromm opposes.

But before entering into the intricate discussion of the concept of social pathology, let us look at some data, revealing and suggestive in themselves, which make reference to the incidence of individual pathology in Western culture. What is the incidence of mental illness in the various countries of the Western world? It is a most amazing fact that there are no data which answer this question. While there are exact comparative statistical data on material resources, employment, birth and death rates, there is no adequate information about mental illness.

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