Title

Fromm’s Dialectic of Freedom and the Praxis of Being

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

2014

Publication Title

Reclaiming the Sane Society: Essays on Erich Fromm’s Thought

DOI

10.1007/978-94-6209-607-3_2

ISBN

978-94-6209-607-3

Abstract

Positive freedom, according to Fromm’s definition, is the capacity for “spontaneous relationship to man and nature, a relationship that connects the individual with the world without eliminating his individuality” (1941, p. 29). Negative freedom according to Fromm exists in dialectical relationship to this as “freedom from” (1941, p. 34) external restraints that limit the exercise of free will.

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