On the psychology and libertarian socialism of Erich Fromm: towards an empirical psychological retrofit

Leyva, Rodolfo (2014) On the psychology and libertarian socialism of Erich Fromm: towards an empirical psychological retrofit. In: Reclaiming the sane society: essays on Erich Fromm’s thought. Miri, Seyed Javad, Lake, Robert and Kress, Tricia M., eds. Imagination and Praxis: Criticality and Creativity in Education and Educational Research (2) . Sense, Rotterdam, Netherlands, pp. 3-15. ISBN 9789462096059. [Book Section]

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In this piece, I will review some of the major elements of Fromm’s work that specifically pertain to its appraisals and criticisms of Freudian theory, humanist ontology, and libertarian-socialism. I then, in keeping with Fromm’s commitment to empiricism and transdisciplinarity review some of the recent works from the neuroscience, cognitive, social, organizational, and political schools of psychology, and make the case that these compliment and can be synthesized with Fromm’s mostly theoretical account of human nature, psychology, and normative political-economic organization, i.e., they can offer a contemporary and empirical basis for them. I end this piece by drawing out some of the implications that this theoretical synthesis poses for neoliberal ontology and political economy.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 14553
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Depositing User: Rodolfo Leyva
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2015 12:03
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2021 06:18
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14553

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