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ISBN: 1891396250 / ISBN-13: 9781891396250

Civilization and Its Discontents

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In what remains one of his most seminal papers, Freud considers the incompatibility of civilisation and individual happiness, and the tensions ... Show synopsis

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  • Civilization and Its Discontents (Martino Fine Books) – Trade paperback (2010)
    by Sigmund Freud

    Civilization and Its Discontents

    Trade paperback, Martino Fine Books
    2010
    146 pages

    ISBN: 1891396250
    ISBN-13: 9781891396250

    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 ... Show more

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