Civilization and Its Discontents

Civilization and Its Discontents

By: Sigmund Freud; James Strachey [Translator]; Peter Gay [Introduction];

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pp127; Paperback in good condition; Clean pages - handful of pages have pencil marks and yellow highlighting; Light edgewear; No Bends/CreasesDuring the summer of 1929, Freud worked on what became this seminal volume of twentieth-century thought.It stands as a brilliant summary of the views on culture from a psychoanalytic perspective that he had been developing since the turn of the century. It is both witness and tribute to the late theory of mind?the so-called structural theory, with its stress on aggression, indeed the death drive, as the pitiless adversary of eros. 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.

Title: Civilization and Its Discontents

Author Name: Sigmund Freud; James Strachey [Translator]; Peter Gay [Introduction];

Categories: Behavioral Psychology,

Edition: 4th

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company: 1989-09-17

ISBN Number: 0393301583

ISBN Number 13: 9780393301588

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Used-Good

Type: Paperback

Size: 5.3 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches

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