Civilization and Its Discontents

Civilization and Its Discontents

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by Sigmund Freud
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1578988594

ISBN-13: 9781578988594

Pub. Date: 02/05/2010

Publisher: Martino Fine Books

Reprint of the 1930 American edition. In this seminal book, Sigmund Freud enumerates the fundamental tensions between civilization and the individual. The primary friction stems from the individual's quest for instinctual freedom and civilization's contrary demand for conformity and instinctual repression. Many of humankind's primitive instincts (for example, the

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Reprint of the 1930 American edition. In this seminal book, Sigmund Freud enumerates the fundamental tensions between civilization and the individual. The primary friction stems from the individual's quest for instinctual freedom and civilization's contrary demand for conformity and instinctual repression. Many of humankind's primitive instincts (for example, the desire to kill and the insatiable craving for sexual gratification) are clearly harmful to the well-being of a human community. As a result, civilization creates laws that prohibit killing, rape, and adultery, and it implements severe punishments if such commandments are broken. This process, argues Freud, is an inherent quality of civilization that instills perpetual feelings of discontent in its citizens.

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ISBN-13:
9781578988594
Publisher:
Martino Fine Books
Publication date:
02/05/2010
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Sigmund Freud: A Brief Chronology
Translator’s Note

Civilization and its Discontents (1930)

Appendix A: Other Works of Freud

  1. From “‘Civilized’ Sexual Morality and Modern Nervous Disease” (March 1908)
  2. From “Thought for the Times on War and Death” (1915)
  3. From Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920)
  4. From The Future of an Illusion (1927)
  5. From Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, Why War? (1932)
  6. From Moses and Monotheism (1939)

Appendix B: Contemporary Reviews of Civilization and Its Discontents

  1. E. G. Catlin, “Freud No Freudian” Saturday Review (27 September 1930)
  2. Joseph Jastrow, “Unhappiness Psycho-Analyzed” Saturday Review of Literature (6 December 1930)
  3. 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

  1. Herbert Marcuse, “The Dialectic of Civilization” (1955)
  2. Philip Rieff, “Freud & the Value of Religion” (1959)
  3. Paul Ricoeur, “On Metaculture & ‘Death Against Death’” (1970)

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Civilization and Its Discontents 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say this is a real good book. I mean you best to read his other Standard Edition books to get a better understanding of things if you don't know my=uch on psychology but very easy to understand
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