"Human history began with an act of disobedience, and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience."
One of the great psychological and social philosophers of the twentieth century, Erich Fromm expounded on the importance of disobedience and the authentic voice of the individual in modern culture. As relevant now as when it was first published, On Disobedience is a collection of provocative essays, including the title entry, which suggests the very act of dissentthe choice to refuse to conform, to speak "no" to those in poweris essential to a humane society, both to ensure humankind's preservation and to allow for one person to reclaim a genuine sense of self.
About the Author
Erich Fromm until his death in 1980, was professor at Michigan State University; and adjunct professor of psychology at New York University from 1955 to 1968. He also served as head of the Department of Psychoanalysis at the Medical School of the National University of Mexico. His many works include "The Art of Loving, Man for Himself, Escape from Freedom, The Heart of Man, and The Revolution of Hope."