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Kieran Durkin

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Chapter 4: Erich Fromm: Psychoanalysis and the Fear of Freedom

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Erich Fromm: Psychoanalysis and the Fear of Freedom
Erich Fromm: Psychoanalysis and the Fear of Freedom
Kieran Durkin
Introduction

Erich Fromm’s role in Frankfurt School critical theory history has historically been under-acknowledged and under-analysed. Works such as Schroyer (1973) and Tar (1977) make scant reference to Fromm, and even those works from the same period that accord Fromm a greater degree of recognition – such as Jay (1996), Held (1980), and Wiggershaus (1994) – fail to really see Fromm in his true significance. It was not until more recently that Fromm’s proper place in this history has come to be more fully restored (see Abromeit, 2011; Braune, 2014; Bronner, 1994; Burston, 1991; Durkin, 2014, 2015; Funk, 2000; McLaughlin, 1999, 2008; Wheatland, 2004, 2009; ...

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