The Art of Loving

The Art of Loving

Book - 2006
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The psychologist explores the theory, meaning, and practice of love, as well as its significance in contemporary Western society.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, ©2006.
Edition: Fiftieth anniversary edition.
ISBN: 9780061129735
Characteristics: xv, 123 pages ;,21 cm.

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mkestelman
Mar 22, 2020

Erwan & Nora read it to each other during Vday... check out!

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casualreader
Dec 12, 2019

He describes what mature love looks like between two adults whether they are strangers, friends, or lovers. He outlines the many ways we resort to immature love using a psychoanalytic perspective. He also discusses God's love. Finally, he describes what qualities must be developed to master the art of loving. The most interesting part to me was when he described how capitalism (especially the theory of alienation) affects our ability to love. This was the first book I've read by Erich Fromm and I'm now a big fan! I plan to read "For the Love of Life", "The Sane Society", and "The anatomy of human destructiveness" in the coming weeks.

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wizard135
Jun 29, 2012

Wonderful book that deals with the concept of praxis in a very personal manner (love). While I very nearly stopped reading due a strong lapse of insight and wisdom on the part of Fromm, which I won't mention here so as to not deter potential readers, the book as a whole stands strong in the tradition of Paulo Freire and similar authors which communicate to us the importance of engaging with the world and ourselves. Highly recommended, however that recommendation is not given without also saying that the lessons in this text are not restricted to it's topic, but however are made more meaningful through the possibility of generalization into a way of looking at the world with a wider scope.

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Jun 29, 2012

wizard135 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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