On Erich Fromm’s Virtue Ethics

He, Yicheng and Peter Gan, Chong Beng and Zhang, Na (2023) On Erich Fromm’s Virtue Ethics. e-Bangi Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 20 (3). pp. 304-310. ISSN 1823-884x


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Fromm’s ethics can be viewed as a form of virtue ethics, which emphasizes the importance of developing one’s true self and reducing one's false self. By doing so, one can change their psychological state in terms of character and psychological tendencies, leading to an improved moral life and higher moral standards. While some criticisms have been raised about virtue theory, including its perceived inability to guide one on how to act properly, Fromm's virtue ethics is unique in that it does not focus on establishing universal rules for specific actions. Instead, it seeks to establish universal laws for human behavioural tendencies or trends. Through his unique social psychology, Fromm provides an in-depth analysis of the inner world of man, which can serve as a valuable guide to the general direction of human development and freedom. In addition, Fromm’s virtue ethics also highlights the importance of social relationships and the impact they have on our moral development. He argues that our relationships with others can have a profound effect on our psychological state and our ability to live virtuously. Overall, Fromm’s virtue ethics provides a unique perspective on human development and morality. By focusing on the development of one’s true self and the importance of social relationships, his approach offers a valuable guide to living a fulfilling and virtuous life.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Erich Fromm; Moral guidance; True self; Pseudo self; Virtue ethics
Journal:e-Bangi ; Jurnal Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan
ID Code:22667
Deposited By: Mr. Mohd Zukhairi Abdullah
Deposited On:14 Dec 2023 05:03
Last Modified:16 Dec 2023 04:25

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