Since 2005, under the moderation of Oskar Jäggi from Wallisellen, the Swiss working group “Erich Fromm”which initially met at regular intervals near Zurich and then exchanged information by e-mail. This working group is currently dormant. The templates for the exchange were created by Oskar Jäggi and are based on publications by and about Erich Fromm.

In order to give other interested parties access to this working group, the newsletters are made available below as pdfs.

The first series of newsletters refers to Erich Fromm’s book published by Rainer Funk in 2000 with the title Authentisch leben, which is available as a paperback from the publisher Herder (Herder Spektrum 5691). A total of 14 newsletters have been published for this title:

Authentic_01 – Introduction

Authentic_02 –People no longerexperience themselves as something special

Authentic_03 – The nature of man: man is a being of contradiction

Authentic_04 – “Freedom” is the true realization of personality!

– The riddle of life and the question of its meaning

Authentic_06 – The human self is strong to the extent that it is active

Authentic_07 – Security and strength through freedom and spontaneous action

Authentic_08 – People don’t just sell goods. He sells himself

Authentic_09 – What is the relationship between the present person and himself?

– People today are filled with a deep sense of powerlessness

Authentic_11 – Recognizing the difference between the real and the fake

The second series of newsletters refers to Fromm’s draft of a humanist socialism, which he published in 1960 under the title The human being has priority , as well as conference papers  from a conference of the same name, which dealt with alternatives to neoliberalism. A total of 16 newsletters were published:

Priority_01 – 

People have priority!” Where do we stand today?

Priority_02 – What has become of man?

Priority_03 – What happened to socialism and communism?

Vorrang_04 – Erich Fromm’s humanism in the 21st century

Priority_05 – The program: “Peace in the world – and bread for all”

 – Criticism of our program proposal

Vorrang_07 – Elmar Altvater: “Elements of a critique of capitalism”

Vorrang_08 – Elmar Altvater: “The foreseeable end of fossil fuels”

Vorrang_09 – Elmar Altvater: “The crisis of work”

Priority_10 – Prof. Dr. Burkhard Bierhoff: From “Analytical Social Psychology”

Priority_11 – “Why can’t we freely question our true needs?”

 – “People must want to do what they are supposed to do”

Priority_13 – “Why do many people no longer find access to their own inner activity?”

Vorrang_14 – Prof. Dr. Burkhard Bierhoff refers to eco-capitalism

Priority_15 – Wendekreis: “Money for all. A village blossoms”

 – Jürgen Neitzel: Thoughts on the role of employment

The third series of newsletters contains a compilation of quotes from the book Erich Fromm’s little school of life by Rainer Funk, sorted by specific topics. The book was published by Herder, but is currently no longer available. The following newsletters were published:

School of Life_01 – Rainer Funk’s first encounter with Erich Fromm

Lebensschule_02 – “I was looking for a confrontation. He offered me a direct encounter”

Lebensschule_03 – Encountering the self in the other and the other in the self

Lebensschule_04 – “Our unconscious is the whole person”

Lebensschule_05 – The power of rationalization

School of Life_06 – Indications of the unconscious

Lebensschule_07 – Defense strategies against becoming aware of the unconscious

School of Life_08 – Understanding the unconscious

Lebensschule_09 – The dream and free association as access to the unconscious

School of Life_10 – Failure as access to the unconscious

Lebensschule_11 – Transference as access to the unconscious

Lebensschule_12 – People can only live as socialized individuals

Lebensschule_13 – Erich Fromm – from an only child to a psychoanalyst of society

School of Life 14 – “What makes a father beat his children?”

School of Life 15 – The importance of character development

School of Life 16 – Society in the individual – the character of society 

School of life 17  – What makes people succeed

School of Life 18 – Love in life by Erich Fromm

School of life 19
 – What is good for people 

School of Life 20 – The primary tendency to grow

School of Life 21 – Of growth-oriented self-power

School of Life 22 – Productive character orientation

School of Life 23 – The primary trend at the crossroads

School of Life 24 – What makes society succeed at the expense of people

School of Life 25 – The importance of social character

School of Life 26 – The authoritarian character (1)

School of Life 27 – The authoritarian character (2)

School of Life 28 – The marketing character (1)

School of Life 29 – The marketing character (2)

School of Life 30 – The marketing character (3)

School of Life 31 – The ego-oriented character (1)

School of Life 32 – The ego-oriented character (2)

School of Life 33 – The ego-oriented character (3)

       School of Life 34 – The ego-oriented character (4)

       School of Life 35 – The direct encounter (1)

       School of Life 36 – The direct encounter (2)

       School of Life 37 – The direct encounter (3)

       School of Life 38 – The direct encounter (4)

       School of Life 39 – The direct encounter (5)

       School of Life 40 – The direct encounter (6)

The fourth series of newsletters refers to Fromm’s 1962 book Jenseits der Illusionen, which is available from Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag and contains a summary of Erich Fromm’s most important concepts.

       Beyond the illusions 01 – Letter (1)

      Beyond the illusions_02 – Letter (2)


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