Moral Problem, By Enrich Fromm

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In this article entitled "Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem" from “obedience of authority”, the German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist “Erich Seligmann Fromm” argues that the possibility of mankind destroying itself through obedience is more common than what most would believe (Fromm 259). It obviously clear that obedience and disobedience nowadays are ones of the hottest topics that have their own social consequences. While Obedience is the practical acceptance of the authority and the will of God, disobedience is a cause of repletion and distrust of god. In this article, “Fromm” insists that disobedience is necessary and is a must since it can be evident throughout…show more content…
He begins showing why sometimes disobedience is a necessity for the humans’ improving. Then he stated the different forms of obedience and authority. He made this point to prove that disobedience is not always good and that obedience is not always bad (Fromm 260). Fromm then goes on to give possible reasons for people to make decisions that led to the autonomous type of obedience. They both involve the conscience, but with distinct differences. One is “authoritarian conscience” which is what he says happens when people base their decision on what they have been taught is right or wrong (Fromm 261). In order to achieve his point, the author uses many strategies and tools such as valid examples form the real life and by state many theories that prove his point of view. To some extent he is able to be unbiased to some ideas. To illustrate, he states lot of counter arguments but in using his solid arguments, he was able to refute these arguments of partially agree with…show more content…
Obedience in supreme circumstances is a reaction to instructions or an anticipation of order. Rules are in place to guarantee safety, security and common civility for all involved and affected. Society has rules and laws for the safety of the all. Maybe the end of humanity will come about as a result of obedience as Fromm claims, but the question remains unanswered: is the act of obedience will be caused as a result of a different act of perceived
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