Civilization and Its Discontents
Civilization and Its Discontents may be Sigmund Freud's best-known work. Originally published in 1930, it seeks to answer ultimate questions: What influences led to the creation of civilization? How did it come to be? What determines its course? In this seminal volume of twentieth-century thought, Freud elucidates the contest between aggression, indeed the death drive, and its adversary eros. He speaks to issues of human creativity and fulfillment, the place of beauty in culture, and the effects of repression. Louis Menand, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Metaphysical Club, contributor to The New Yorker, and professor of English at Harvard University, reflects on the importance of this work in intellectual thought and why it has become such a landmark book for the history of ideas. Not available in hardcover for decades, this beautifully rendered anniversary edition will be a welcome addition to readers' shelves.
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Review: Civilization and Its DiscontentsUser Review - Ricardo - Goodreads
Despite my ambiguous feelings towards some of his ideas, this book raises very important questions about human civilization and the nature of unhappiness. Plus, Freud is an impeccable writer:) Read full review
Review: Civilization and Its DiscontentsUser Review - Kate Kingsley - Goodreads
This is a masterpiece of philosophy. It stretches the concept of humanity. He attempted to reach for an explanation for human nature in terms of the ego, superego structure of the individual as one exists in civilization. Read full review