On Disobedience: Why Freedom Means Saying No to Power

On Disobedience Why Freedom Means Saying No to Power Human history began with an act of disobedience and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience One of the great psychological and social philosophers of the twentieth centur

  • Title: On Disobedience: Why Freedom Means Saying No to Power
  • Author: Erich Fromm
  • ISBN: 9780061990458
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
  • Human history began with an act of disobedience, and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience One of the great psychological and social philosophers of the twentieth century, Erich Fromm expounded on the importance of disobedience and the authentic voice of the individual in modern culture As relevant now as when it was first published, On Di Human history began with an act of disobedience, and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience One of the great psychological and social philosophers of the twentieth century, Erich Fromm expounded on the importance of disobedience and the authentic voice of the individual in modern culture As relevant now as when it was first published, On Disobedience is a collection of provocative essays, including the title entry, which suggests the very act of dissent the choice to refuse to conform, to speak no to those in power is essential to a humane society, both to ensure humankind s preservation and to allow for one person to reclaim a genuine sense of self.

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    1. Fromm'un yazdıklarını okuduğumda her zaman şunları gözlemliyorum:Açık ve berrak bir düsünce sistematiği var. Uzak ve yakın tarihten verilen örneklerle okuyucu meseleyi iyi kavrıyor. Var olan problemli durumun giderilmesi için okuyucuya açık bir perspektif sunuyor. İtaatsizlik üzerine de böyle bir kitap. Ayrıca kısacık ve okuması çok kolay. Şahsen aslında kitaptan bilmediğim bir bilgi edinmedim. Kafamda bölük pörçük duran düşünceleri birleştirmeme olanak sağ [...]

    2. İnsan,itaatsizlik eylemleriyle evrimleşir.Düşünür,klişelere ve kamuoyuna itaatsizdir,mantığa ve insanlığa itaat eder.Çünkü mantık evrenseldir,tüm ulusal sınırları aşar ve mantığın peşinden giden düşünür,bir dünya vatandaşıdır;onun konusu,şu veya bu kişi değil,şu ya da bu ulus değil,insandır.Ülkesi,doğduğu yer değil,dünyadır.

    3. Fromm’ın dört adet denemesinden oluşan bu kitap, bu sitede yapılan yorumlara baktığımda hayli etkileyici ve anlaşılır görülmüş çoğunluk tarafından ama bana göre dişli bir tarafı olmayan, etkileyiciliği derinliğinden değil basitliğinden zuhur eden ve bolca sosyalizm övgüsüne yer verilmiş bir çalışma.İlk denemelerde daha çok itaatsizlik eyleminin kökenine inerek bizleri Prometheus’a kadar götürüyor. Biz insanların neden akıllı olmamız ve doğru kararlar [...]

    4. A collection of four dated, idealistic and theoretical essays. Fromm makes the case for 'obedience' as the realm of the reactionary and 'disobedience' as that of the pioneer. From the first essay, Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem:"Human history began with an act of disobedience, and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience."From the second essay, Prophets and Priests: "They are skeptical toward everything which cannot be caught in an intellectual form [...]

    5. İnsan boyun eğer ve itaatsizlik yapmazsa, o bir köledir, yalnızca karşı gelebiliyor ama itaat ediyorsa, bir asidir. Köle, tam teslimiyette ve bunu da erdem olarak görmektedir. ilk üç bölüm güzel bir derleme içerirken sonrasında kitap, kapitalizm, komünizm ve hümanist sosyalizim tartışmasına giriyor. Kapitalizmin bizi nasıl birer "sayılan kafa"'ya dönüştürdüğünü anlattığı kısımlar güzel açıklanmış. Çocukluğumuzdan beri yetiştirilişimizin "kendini güven [...]

    6. Certainly idealistic and full of acknowledged areas where further research and study is needed, there is still here found a glowing rational pronouncement of a society that resides in potential within the imminent spirit of humanity. Fromm does not merely offer critiques of current dehumanizing elements but details a clear alternative that is founded upon the principle of a disobedience to irrational and power-hierarchical systems. There is no greater hope than that found in freedom to pursue pr [...]

    7. Fromm is one of my favorite socialists. Reading this in 2013 his ideas seem almost mainstream, but then you find a little kernel of true rebelliousness in him. My favorite essay in this was "Prophets and Priests" where he enunciates the difference between someone who is revolutionary (a prophet) and someone who follows in this person's footsteps dogmatically (a priest). It's definitely worth a read from a philosophical and political standpoint.

    8. 3/4 lucid thinking on humanism, 1/2 paean to Bertrand Russell, and 1/4 naive socialist clusterfuck. In other words, good reading for its age. Some uncanny reading-between-the-lines about the then nuclear age and seeing our own internet age.

    9. Even though I knew that only one essay will be about disobedience I expected the rest to have themes that were at least adjacent Sadly it wasn't so. Edition I've read had 9 essays and 7 of them were criticising capitalism/consumerism and talking about "Humanist Socialism". Some of the essays feel slightly dated but thanks to that they allow us to peer into time very different from ours (I keep forgetting that fear of nuclear war was a thing not that long ago).Of course there are couple minor par [...]

    10. The first two essays were amazing, and then the cray cray socialist talk started and I was like WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. Anyway completed it because one shouldn't only read things one agrees with. But holy hell, that was one crazy read.

    11. An excellent introduction to the way Erich Fromm reasons. This little book presents a socially conscious argument for political engagement and resistance to structures of power. He uses Bertram Russel as the exemplar philosopher in the streets.

    12. A pretty slight collection of four essays by Fromm, most of which are simple rehashes of what he said much more convincingly in Escape from Freedom and The Sane Society. It serves as a decent introduction to Fromm's thought although a newcomer might just as easily be interested in The Art of Loving or the aforementioned "Escape." I have to admit, the pervasive Cold War references in this book left me with the continual impression that HarperPerennial published it in 2010 as a mere money-grab; it [...]

    13. İnsan boyun eğer ve itaatsizlik yapmazsa, o bir köledir, yalnızca karşı gelebiliyor ama itaat ediyorsa, bir asidir. Köle, tam teslimiyette ve bunu da erdem olarak görmektedir. ilk üç bölüm güzel bir derleme içerirken sonrasında kitap, kapitalizm, komünizm ve hümanist sosyalizim tartışmasına giriyor. Kapitalizmin bizi nasıl birer "sayılan kafa"'ya dönüştürdüğünü anlattığı kısımlar güzel açıklanmış. Çocukluğumuzdan beri yetiştirilişimizin "kendini güven [...]

    14. Głoszone w zamieszczonych w tej książce esejach poglądy stanowią bezkrytyczną pochwałę socjalizmu przy równoczesnej ostrej krytyce kapitalizmu. Nie można odmówić autorowi przenikliwości i spójnego logicznie rozumowania, niemniej proponowany przez niego system w dzisiejszych czasach byłby nie do przyjęcia.

    15. Sufficiently thought provoking a la FrommObedience is the reflection of all things moral, rational and just, no nobler pursuit would be possible. Such a sound statement could not and should not be contended. Yet obedience is self-contradicting a paradox at best. Such noble pursuit should give way to favorable and righteous fruit or so it would be assumed. Yet History is over shadowed and plagued with less than desirable outcomes, stemming from “virtues” demonstrations of obedience. In this b [...]

    16. These essays must have seemed revolutionary when they were first published, but now they look a bit idealistic, and Fromm's social critism lacks profoundness here. The latter can be explained by the fact that all of these essays were originally articles for different magazines which means that Fromm was in a way restricted in terms of volume.I'd say that the best essays are "Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem" and "The Application of Humanist Psychoanalysis to Marx's Theory", all [...]

    17. I guess the main title is about the introduction and the first essay. But then the essays starts to take another way so different about URSS and USA (you have to remember he published the essays when the nuclear war was about to happen)I'm not complaining about the essays,but I guess that Fromm was looking for a perfect socialist world that won't ever be real. At least not with the way society was developing ideologies and stuff.

    18. Öncelikle belirteyim okuduğum say yayınlarından. Bu sitede sayınki versiyonlarda gözükmüyor. Kitap iyi-güzel-hoştu. Otoriteye neden boyun eğeriz, özgür olmak için cesur olmalıyız. Otoriteye hayır demeyi bilmeliyiz gibi sorulara çözümler araması güzeldi, bilgilendiriciydi ama itaatsizlikten sonra siyasi parti propagandası gibi siyaset yapman olmadı be Froom.

    19. Fromm uses psychological principles to make a strong case for socialism. He explains what we can do to move toward a better society that meets the needs of all. Neither preachy nor idealistic, this common-sense and clear argument about psychological and political freedom is a must for anyone interested in either.

    20. Kitabın kendisi genel olarak çok güzel ve zihin açıcı olsa da, bu Kariyer Yayınları'ndan çıkan, kapak resmi görülen bu versiyonu kesinlikle tavsiye etmiyorum. Çevirisi çok kötü değil, ancak okumaktan bezdirecek ölçüde (hatta birkaç yerde anlamı belirsizleştirecek kadar) yazım hatası var kitap boyunca.

    21. Después de leer tres buenos libros de Erich Fromm me decepcioné mucho al leer este, es un compendio de escritos de sus últimos años sobre ocurrencias políticas con enfoque socialista. Leí solamente como la mitad del libro.

    22. A really wonderful and quick read by Erich Fromm. Four essays focusing on disobedience, alternatives to the world he lived in, and how humans can and must attain their full potential to exist and flourish-less we are to be crushed by the boot of fascism. I recommend.

    23. Either this was a book for children, or Fromm pulled a fast one on us. Poorly written. No depth. Nothing added to the world of thoughts and ideas.

    24. İlk günah insanı yozlaştırmak şöyle dursun, onu özgürleştirmişti, tarihin başlangıcıydı. İnsan tam anlamı ile bir insan olmak için Cennet Bahçesi'ni terk etmeliydi.

    25. This book is interesting reading, specially intial 2 chapters. Though humanist socialism is also good read but too idealist.

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