Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer was an American moral and social philosopher. He was born on July 25, 1902, and died on May 21, 1983. Hoffer is best known for his book 'The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements,' which is a work on the nature of fanaticism, mass movements, and the personalities that tend to be drawn to such movements. He was a self-educated man who wrote ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.


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  1. 1. The True Believer

    "The True Believer" is a philosophical analysis of the nature of mass movements and the people who constitute them. The book argues that regardless of the specific cause, whether it be religious, political, or social, all mass movements are interchangeable and their followers are essentially the same. The author suggests that the driving force behind these movements is not the ideology itself, but rather the personal dissatisfaction and frustration of the individuals involved. The book also explores the lifecycle of mass movements, from their creation to their eventual dissolution.