Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Lives of Erich FrommLove's Prophet$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Lawrence Friedman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162593

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162593.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 23 February 2020

A Third Way

A Third Way

(p.238) 9 A Third Way
The Lives of Erich Fromm

Lawrence J. Friedman

Anke M. Schreiber

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines Erich Fromm’s so-called third way as a democratic socialist alternative to Western capitalism and what he called Soviet “managerialism.” Fromm equated democratic socialism with “humanism”: the freedom of each individual, when sustained by society, to pursue a life of creative labor and happiness. Fromm thought that nonaligned “third force” countries had the greatest potential to travel down this path. Fromm was swayed by a plan proposed in 1960 by Karl Polanyi for enlisting the support of a coalition of politically concerned intellectuals who would reinforce one another’s resources and ideas. With this group in mind, Fromm collaborated with Clara Urquhart to publish a new international journal, Humanist Studies, that would feature critical essays from scholars who believed that “the alternative between Western capitalism and Communist Khrushchevism is humanist socialism.” This chapter also considers Fromm’s 1965 book, Socialist Humanism: An International Symposium, dedicated to his second cousin, Heinz Brandt.

Keywords:   third way, Erich Fromm, capitalism, managerialism, humanism, Karl Polanyi, Humanist Studies, humanist socialism, Socialist Humanism, Heinz Brandt

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .