Man for Himself
An Inguiry into the Psychology of Ethics

Fromm, Erich
Publisher:  Fawcett Premier Book, New York, USA
Year Published:  1969  
Pages:  256pp  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX7503

Fromm reaffirms the validity of humanistic ethics, to show that our knowledge of human nature does not lead to ethical relativism but, on the contrary, to the conviction that the sources of norms for ethical conduct are to found found in human nature itself.


Table of Contents


I. The Problem

II. Humanistic Ethics: The Applied Science of the Art of Living
1. Humanistic vs. Authoritarian Ethics
2. Subjectivistic vs. Objectivistic Ethics
3. The Science of Man
4. The Tradition of Humanistic Ethics
5. Ethics and Psychoanalysis

III. Human Nature and Character

1. The Human Situation
Man's Biological Weakness
The Existential and the Historical
Dichotomies in Man

2. Personality
The Dynamic Concept of Character
Types of Character: The Nonproductive Orientations
The Receptive Orientation
The Exploitative Orientation
The Hoarding Orientation
The Marketing Orientation
The Productive Orientation
General Characteristics
Productive Love and Thinking
Orientations in the Process of Socialization
Blends of Various Orientations

IV. Problems of Humanistic Ethics

1. Selfishness, Self-Love, and Self-Interest
2. Conscience, Man's Recall to Himself
Authoritarian Conscience
Humanistic Conscience
3. Pleasure and Happiness
Pleasure as a Criterion of Value
Types of Pleasure
The Problem of Means and Ends
4. Faith as a Character Trait
5. The Moral Powers in Man
Man, Good or Evil?
Repression vs. Productiveness
Character and Moral Judgement
6. Absolute vs. Relative, Universal vs. Socially Immanent Ethics
The Moral Problem of Today


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