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Civilization and Its Discontents - Sigmund Freud
Civilization and Its Discontents
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781891396625 (1891396625)
ASIN: 1891396625
Publisher: Martino Fine Books
Pages no: 146
Edition language: English
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Tolle Lege!.
Tolle Lege!. rated it
5.0 Civilization and Its Discontents (The Standard Edition) (Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud)
At one time it was wrongly believed that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny (i.e. the embryonic stages mirrors the development stages of the species). Similarly Freud thinks the phases that an individual goes through mirror the same phases that civilizations have gone through. Freud uses that theme ...
Ashkan
Ashkan rated it
4.0 تمدن و ملالت‌های آن
گاهی فرد، واقعیت را تنها دشمنی می‌داند که سرچشمهٔ همهٔ رنج‌هاست، ... و از این رو آدمی اگر بخواهد سعادتممند باشد باید همهٔ روابطش را با واقعیت قطع کند... می‌توان از این هم پیش‌تر رفت، می‌توان جهان را دوباره ساخت، ... و خصوصیات دیگری که با آرزوهای فرد تطابق داشته باشد جای آن‌را بگیرند... چنین فردی دیو...
janeg
janeg rated it
Probably more enjoyable for someone who is more familiar with freud's body of work than I am. Nonetheless, nothing objectionable about the writings of a conscientious man who appreciates Goethe and heine.
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