In this work, Fromm develops his perspective on human naturefrom his earlier work, Escape from Freedom and Man for Himself — principles which he revisits in many of his other major works.
Jun 09, Jeruen rated it did not like it My goodness, what is this dude smoking?
Someone close to me made me aware that this book existed, and so out of curiosity, I decided to borrow the book from the library and read The art of loving. It took me 2 days, and really, I hated every bit of this book, for several reasons that I will delineate below. But first, let me tell you what this book is about.
Obviously, this is non-fiction. This is written by Erich Fromm, a prominent German social psychologist who happens to belong to the Frankfurt School, also k My goodness, what is this dude smoking? This is written by Erich Fromm, a prominent German social psychologist who happens to belong to the Frankfurt School, also known as the proponents of Critical Theory.
And in this book, Fromm outlines his theory of love, and how it is an art. As with other arts, such as painting and sculpture, he claims that love has two parts: The book is divided accordingly. In the theory section, he goes over five different types of love: He explains the different functions of these different types, and its various characteristics.
And in the practice section, he basically gives various factors that affect and influence the practice of love.
So, where do I begin criticizing this work? First of all, I deeply hated the fact that his arguments are all along the lines of speculation. I am all for empiricism, and he has all these grandiose claims that were never proven with evidence, all throughout the book. He has claims for example about the difference between motherly and fatherly love, about the importance of the male-female divide, about mothers and instinct, but all of his arguments are conjecture, and not actually supported by empirical evidence.
I being a scientist have big problems with that. I also think that he suffers from a cultural bias, in that in Eurocentric cultures, at least, love as a concept actually refers to various different things, which roughly corresponds to the different "types" of love.
However, I think that it is just an accident of language that English has one word to refer to all of those, which gives the illusion that all of these concepts are inter-related and compose a superset of human emotions.
However, one simply has to look to other cultures, and one will realize that there are actually different words that refer to these "types" of love.
Greek for example has four different words for what the English language refers to as "love". Lewis actually has a book discussing the Four Loves as seen in Christianity.
Thus, I fear that this book, which is in a way a typology of "love" may actually be resting on the false premise that there is something in common will all manifestations of love, and that Fromm is just undergoing an endeavor that is ontologically faulty.The Art of Loving By Erich Fromm the World-famous Psychoanalyst's Daring Prescription for Love (Complete and Unabridged) Mass Market Paperback.
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