Reclaiming the Sane Society

Essays on Erich Fromm’s Thought

  • Seyed Javad Miri
  • Robert Lake
  • Tricia M. Kress

Part of the Imagination and Praxis book series (IPCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. The Social Psychology of Erich Fromm

  3. Fromm and Religion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Erich Fromm
      Pages 95-99
    3. Richard Curtis
      Pages 101-115
    4. Joan Braune
      Pages 137-146
    5. Dustin J. Byrd
      Pages 147-160
  4. Applying and Extending Fromm’s Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 162-162
    2. Gregory R. Smulewicz-Zucker
      Pages 163-185
    3. Panayota Gounari
      Pages 187-201
    4. Tricia M. Kress, Patricia M. Patrissy
      Pages 203-214
    5. Irene Rosenberg Javors
      Pages 215-219
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 221-224

About this book


Erich Fromm’s body of work, written more than 50 years ago, was prophetic of the contemporary moment: Increasingly, global society is threatened by the many-headed monster of corporate greed, neo-liberalism, nihilism, extreme fundamentalist beliefs, and their resulting effects on the natural world and the lived lives of people. Fromm clearly warned us of the peril of the misuse of technology and the destructive nature of man’s perverse desire to possess, control and/or destroy. Through his theories of having vs. being, the importance of hope as active resistance, and his notion of freedom as the capacity to love self, and others, Fromm encouraged his readers to cultivate biophilic ways of being in the world that will counter and heal the impending necrophilic plunder of man’s hubris. This multi-authored volume sheds new light on Fromm’s forgotten role in the formation of contemporary thought through an engaging variety of reflexive and historical narratives from fields of sociology, clinical psychology, political science, critical theory of religion and education. Key concepts from his body of work are interpreted and expressed in ways that offer hopeful and humane alternatives to the present global conditions of despair, greed and depersonalization.


Clinical psychology Critical theory of religion Education Erich Fromm Neo-liberalism Political science Sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Seyed Javad Miri
    • 1
  • Robert Lake
    • 2
  • Tricia M. Kress
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Humanities and Cultural StudiesTehranIran
  2. 2.Georgia Southern UniversityUSA
  3. 3.The University of Massachusetts BostonUSA

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