A Critique Of Erich Fromm

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Dean Kiamos Professor Holly Rene Dotson EN 101-056 9 January 2014 A Critique of Erich Fromm “Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem” Erich Fromm is “one of the twentieth century’s distinguished writers and thinkers” and has many interests in psychology, philosophy, history and sociology. He closely studied the works of Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx and has published on both of the philosophers. In his article “Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem”, Erich Fromm, successfully discusses his views on the debated fact of obedience vs disobedience in human evolution and how mankind is effected through disobedience and obedience with his opinions and historical evidence. For many years kings, parents, bosses, and parents have claimed that “obedience is a virtue” meaning submission to another 's authority with a high moral standard and ‘disobedience is a vice” meaning failure or refusal to obey rules or someone in authority with an immoral behavior. He starts his point of view containing by stating “human history began with an act of disobedience, and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience”. He is primarily stating that humans have to be disobedient if they are going to succeed in life. One example he uses to reflect on the statement is the history of the Hebrew myth of Adam and Eve living in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eves first act of disobedience when they ate the forbidden fruit. “Their act of disobedience broke the
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