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ISBN: 1617201537 / ISBN-13: 9781617201530

The Future of an Illusion

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This investigation of religion by greatest psychoanalyst of the twentieth-century explores the role faith can take in the life of man, what it can ... Show synopsis

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  • The Future of an Illusion (Wilder Publications) – Trade paperback (2010)
    by Sigmund Freud

    The Future of an Illusion

    Trade paperback, Wilder Publications
    2010
    English
    86 pages

    ISBN: 1617201537
    ISBN-13: 9781617201530

    I find another advantage of religious doctrine in one of its peculiarities, to which you seem to take particular exception. It admits of an ideatiorial refinement and sublimation, by which it can be divested of most of those traces of a primitive and infantile way of thinking which it bears. What is then left is a body of ideas which science no longer contradicts and which it cannot disprove. These modifications of religious doctrine, which you have condemned as half-measures and compromises, make it possible to bridge the ... Show more

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Reviews of The Future of an Illusion

Overall customer rating: 4.500
Zachary F

No problems at all

by Zachary F on Mar 20, 2014

Can't complain. The book arrived promptly in the reported condition.

Ayzed

Concise and Hits at the Heart of the Matter

by Ayzed on Sep 24, 2009

I decided to buy this book after having seen it referenced by many contemporary thinkers (e.g. Daniel Dennett) in their books. Sigmund Freud, the famous Austrian psychiatrist, writes about mankind's struggle with religion and considers what civilization or society would be like if weaned of it. His arguments - bear in mind this book was first published in 1927 - are of the kind a modern-day informed atheist might secretly wonder. I found myself nodding in agreement with a number of Freud's matter-of-fact observations about religion. For example, he says that mankind will likely focus their energies and learn to adapt to the (harsh) realities of this life if they withdrew their expectations from the vacuous promises of the hereafter. The style of writing is clear but a little weird at times, especially when he pretends to be another party and questions himself on the ideas being argued. In summary, Freud appears to have believed that mankind, in the not-too-distant future will have found a way to go about his daily life without believing in gods or the supernatural and that science will have a significant role in it. I particularly like the last paragraph of the book which states: "No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere." At 67 pages the size of Reader's Digest magazine (not including the biographical introduction), this little blue book is moderate-level reading for anyone interested in the psychology of religious beliefs. It is also a nice addition to any library. I personally, bought this edition because it is rather difficult to find where I live.

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