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 I. A First Glance II. Having and Being in Daily Experience III. 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 IV. What Is the Having Mode? V. What Is the Being Mode? VI. Further Aspects of Having and Being Part 3: The New Man and the New Society VII. Religion, Character, and Society VIII. Conditions for Human Change and the Features of the New Man IX. Features of the New Society Bibliography Index