Civilization and Its Discontentsby Sigmund Freud, James Strachey
Pub. Date: 12/28/1963
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS is one of the last of Freud's books, written in the decade before his death and first published in German in 1929. In it he states his views on the broad question of man's place in the world, a place Freud defines in terms of ceaseless conflict between the individual's quest for freedom and society's demand for conformity.
Freud's theme is that what works for civilization doesn't necessarily work for man. Man, by nature aggressive and egotistical, seeks self-satisfaction. But culture inhibits his instinctual drives. The result is a pervasive and familiar guilt.
"Freud's great experience richly illuminates the tension between men and their institutions." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)
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Table of Contents
Sigmund Freud: A Brief Chronology
Civilization and its Discontents (1930)
Appendix A: Other Works of Freud
- From “‘Civilized’ Sexual Morality and Modern Nervous Disease” (March 1908)
- From “Thought for the Times on War and Death” (1915)
- From Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920)
- From The Future of an Illusion (1927)
- From Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, Why War? (1932)
- From Moses and Monotheism (1939)
Appendix B: Contemporary Reviews of Civilization and Its Discontents
- E. G. Catlin, “Freud No Freudian” Saturday Review (27 September 1930)
- Joseph Jastrow, “Unhappiness Psycho-Analyzed” Saturday Review of Literature (6 December 1930)
- Harold D. Lasswell, “Review: Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud,” American Journal of Sociology (September 1931)
Appendix C: Scholarly Responses to Civilization and Its Discontents
- Herbert Marcuse, “The Dialectic of Civilization” (1955)
- Philip Rieff, “Freud & the Value of Religion” (1959)
- Paul Ricoeur, “On Metaculture & ‘Death Against Death’” (1970)
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