Friday, November 28, 2008
The Weekly Fromm: To Have or To Be?
Continuing our series focusing on the work of the great German social philosopher and psychoanalyst Dr Erich Fromm, arguably the most prescient thinker of the 20th century.
Above you can watch the great man talking about the having and being modes, from a 1970s BBC interview with Robert Robinson.
It's extremely interesting, particularly when Dr Fromm turns to knowledge as a form of having- and the type of professor who knows everything but who tells us nothing.
What comes over in this interview and indeed in all his interviews is Fromm’s fundamental modesty.
He says that the points he makes are not new and have been said more powerfully and more beautifully by others.
But personally, I don’t know of a single writer who has made the case for a mode of existence based on being and not having- more powerfully- or more beautifully than Erich Fromm.