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To Have Or to Be? is one of the seminal books of the second half of the 20th century. Nothing less than a manifesto for a new social and psychological revolution to save our threatened planet, this book is a summary of the penetrating thought of Eric Fromm. His thesis is that two modes of existence struggle for the spirit of humankind: the having mode, which concentrates on material possessions, power, and aggression, and is the basis of the universal evils of greed, envy, and violence; and the being mode, which is based on love, the pleasure of sharing, and in productive activity. To Have Or to Be? is a brilliant program for socioeconomic change.
Foreword Introduction: The Great Promise, Its Failure, and New Alternatives Part 1: Understanding the Difference between Having and Being A First Glance Having and Being in Daily Experience Having and Being in the Old and New Testaments and in the Writings of Master Eckhart Part 2: Analyzing the Fundamental Differences between the Two Modes of Existence What Is the Having Mode?
What Is the Being Mode?
Further Aspects of Having and Being Part 3: The New Man and the New Society Religion, Character, and Society Conditions for Human Change and the Features of the New Man Features of the New Society Bibliography Index.