Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom

Gerhard P. Knapp (University of Utah)
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Erich Fromm’s first book publication,

Escape from Freedom

(1941, British edition as

The Fear of Freedom

, 1942), established his fame as a social psychologist almost overnight. Fromm began work on the study when he was still associated with Max Horkheimer’s Institute for Social Research. In the inaugural volume (1932) of Horkheimer’s

Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung


Journal for Social Research

] Fromm had published two seminal articles, “Über Methode und Aufgabe einer analytischen Sozialpsychologie” [“On the Methods and Goals of Analytical Social Psychology”] and “Die psychoanalytische Charakterologie und ihre Bedeutung für die Sozialpsychologie” [“Psychoanalytical Characterology and its Relevance to Social Psychology”]. The studies are grounded in Critical Theory…

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Citation: Knapp, Gerhard P.. "Escape from Freedom". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 March 2005 [, accessed 13 June 2024.]

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