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   SOC-493-01 - The sociology of Erich Fromm

 

History: Since Dr. Fromm was a historical figure (1900-1980), a familiarity
of the 20th century is most helpful. For those of you who need a refresher
of the major events of the 20th century, allow me to suggest the following videos:
 
· WW I - Oversimplified (Part 1)
· WW I - Oversimplified (Part 2)
· WWII - Oversimplified Part 1
· WWII - Oversimplified Part 2
· The Cold War - OverSimplified (Part 1)
· The Cold War - OverSimplified (Part 2)
· Timeline of 20th century inventions
· WatchMojo TT 10 inventions of the 20th century
· Benito Mussolini: Biography of Fascist Italy's Dictator
· Mussolini and Fascist Italy - 10 Minute History

 

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Syllabus

 

HO - Group A (to be read by 08-29-2022)
 
· Love as a verb: A pictorial equation

 

HO - Group B (background material, if your curious)
 
· Dr. Milgram's (1933-1984) obedience to authority experiments
· A brief review of Protestant theologies
· Five Solas: A sociological review

 

HO - Group C (background material on Nietzsche, in order to understand Dr. Fromm's critique of Nietzsche, "In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead; in the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead." (1990:360))
 
· Dr. Hicks' account of Nietzsche, part 1 - this video explains (a) the latent effect of the dramatic rise of science and narcissism, (b) Nietzsche's assertion that community and solidarity is no longer achievable because 'God is Dead,' and (c) Nietzsche's bourgeois (i.e., poor) understanding of socialism.
· Dr. Hicks' account of Nietzsche, part 2 - this video explains (a) Nietzsche's advocacy of 'survival of the strongest' (i.e., a perversion of Darwin's 'survival of the most adaptative' and a complete rejection of the beneficial evolutionary contributions of (1) pity (i.e., sympathy & empathy), (2) shame, and (3) compassion), (b) his fallacy of dividing nature in two categories: predator and prey, and (c) his assertion that Christianity perpetuates slave morality.
· Dr. Hicks' account of Nietzsche, part 3 - this video explains (a) Nietzsche's ability to cherry-pick history to give credence to his master-slave morality hypothesis and (b) that the Abrahamic religions are hindering or halting modern humans from becoming übermensch (i.e., the opposite of Confucius' Junzi or noble person; caveat: this where I believe that Dr. Hicks reading of Nietzsche goes horribly wrong).
· Optimistic Nihilism by Kurzgesagt - this video explains the life affirming benefits of nihilism.
· Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Freedom in Thought - this video explains that the master is not a being to be worshiped.
· Genius of the Modern World - Friedrich Nietzsche by the BBC - 60 minutes long but well worth watching:-)
· How Nietzsche can improve your love life by Daniel Lehewych - an example of pragmatic love?

 

Fun Homework assignments for the Fromm course: (Oct.)
 
· If nonprofits were honest
· The untold (Dirty) history of hand washing
· If skincare was honest
· The mere exposure effect
· Why the cops won't help you when you're getting stabbed
· ‘Nones’ are on the rise globally. Who are they?

 

Fun Homework assignments for the Fromm course: (Sep.)
 
· Dr. Fromm on Sigmund Freud - Man is not a thing (1962)
· Who is John Locke?
· John Locke, Karl Marx: Capitalism's Critics
· Patriotism vs Nationalism
· A televangelist begs for a private Jet
· What are tax havens and how do they work

 

Fun Homework assignments for the Fromm course: (Aug.)
 
· The art of Love - The art of loving
· The art of Love - The elements of love
· Types of Love - Erich Fromm - The art of loving
· The Afterward of 1984, by Dr. Fromm - Part 1
· The Afterward of 1984, by Dr. Fromm - Part 2
· The Afterward of 1984, by Dr. Fromm - Part 3
· Eleanor Fischer (1935-2008) 1968 interview of Dr. Fromm
· Bonhoeffer‘s theory of stupidity
· If landlords were honest
· Prof. Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development
· If jobs were honest
· Prof. Erikson 8 stages of development
· Why you'll never buy a house
· Dr. Vygotsky's theory of cognitive development

 

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