Civilization and Its Discontents

Civilization and Its Discontents

by Sigmund Freud
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Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578988594
Publisher: Martino Fine Books
Publication date: 02/12/2010
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Todd Dufresne is Professor of Philosophy at Lakehead University. He has authored several books on Freud including Killing Freud (Continuum), and editions of The Future of an Illusion and Beyond the Pleasure Principle with Broadview Press.

Gregory C. Richter is Professor of German and Linguistics at Truman State University and the translator of many works.

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