On Being Human by Erich Fromm
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Thoughtful and deep read, as the rest of Fromm's books, but (to my surprise and in contrast to Art of Loving), this wasn't a pure stream of thought, but rather a selection of his unpublished papers, or transcripts of talks he gave in different stages of his life.
There is a big emphasis on Meister Eckhart and Karl Marx through the book, which I've probably should have investigated before starting to read it, but in the end, it's all about being human, as the title on the cover says. And though the theme is investigated through case studies from Marxism to Vietnam War, from Buddhist Zen to Eckhart, I couldn't escape the thought that these case studies were there just to support Fromm's personal views, without challenging them – as if they were different dialects of the same language.
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