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Erich Fromm Lecture 2020

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hardeck gives the Erich-Fromm Lecture 2020 on November 17

The Erich Fromm Study Center organizes an annual Erich Fromm Lecture at the IPU. This years speaker is Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hardeck.

"I have always remained a Freudian." On Erich Fromm's New View of Man and Society

In November 1899 Sigmund Freud's "The Interpretation of Dreams", the first fundamental work of psychoanalysis, appeared in Vienna. In March 1900 Erich Fromm was born in Frankfurt am Main. He studied sociology in Heidelberg and then trained as a psychoanalyst at the Berlin Institute.

From 1929 he practiced in Berlin, and from 1930 (until 1939) he was head of the Social Psychology Department of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research.

After his emigration to the USA in 1934, he very soon belonged, together with Karen Horney, Harry Stack Sullivan and Clara Thompson, to the so-called "neo-psychoanalysts", whose theories were rejected by the official representatives of psychoanalysis at that time. A tangled history of reception took its course, the misinterpretations of which continue to have an effect until today. What is there to the criticism of Erich Fromm?


Jürgen Hardeck wrote a dissertation on Erich Fromm's understanding of religion (Ullstein 1992) and published a biography of Erich Fromm with the Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft in 2005. The Fromm expert, who works as a department head in the Ministry of Culture of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, is a member of the board of the International Erich Fromm Society and chairman of the jury of the Erich Fromm Prize.

Award of the IPU Medal of Honor

Before this year's Erich Fromm Lecture, Dr. Rainer Funk will receive the Medal of Honor of the International Psychoanalytic University for his special services to psychoanalysis and for his commitment to the establishment and management of the Erich Fromm Study Center (EFSC) at the IPU.

Dr. Rainer Funk, born in 1943, worked as a psychoanalyst in independent practice in Tübingen since 1979. He received his doctorate in 1977 on Erich Fromm's social psychology and ethics and was Fromm's last research assistant in Locarno in the 1970s.

Fromm appointed him as his rights and estate administrator. Funk brought Fromm's estate and library to the Erich Fromm Institute in Tübingen, which is open to the public and academically interested people from Thursday to Saturday. In 1980/1981 he published the Erich Fromm-Gesamtausgabe in ten volumes with the Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, which was later expanded by two volumes of bequeathed writings. Funk also took on numerous teaching assignments and has been a lecturer at the IPU since 2013.

In addition to his teaching activities, Funk has published numerous works on Erich Fromm as well as on analytical psychology of religion and social psychology.

Information on the Event

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 7 p.m. via video broadcast (Zoom).
The event will be held online via video broadcast only due to Corona pandemic containment measures. The IPU Berlin follows the recommendations and regulations of the responsible health department and the Berlin Senate Chancellery (current information on Corona prevention at the IPU Berlin).

Registration: Registration is done via the participation form on the IPU website. The link for participation will then be sent to you by e-mail.