Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

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Read Civilization and Its Discontents Online Free - 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.


Of the various English translations of Freud's major works to appear in his lifetime, only one was authorized by Freud himself: The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud under the general editorship of James Strachey.


Freud approved the overall editorial plan, specific renderings of key words and phrases, and the addition of valuable notes, from bibliographical and explanatory. Many of the translations were done by Strachey himself; the rest were prepared under his supervision. The result was to place the Standard Edition in a position of unquestioned supremacy over all other existing versions.



Title : Civilization and Its Discontents
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ISBN : 0393301583
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 127 pages


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Corinne rated it ★★★★☆

February 19, 2016

This book deftly delineates the dilemma in our civic society, where the struggle between our ethics and animal instincts continue, and the ‘prices’ we have paid in making our society safe and secure. It rejoins what Victor Hugo and Tolstoy and Steinbeck show in their works... But, most of all, I t...


Miss Ravi rated it ★★★☆☆

August 23, 2016

فروید مواد تشکیلدهندهی تمدن را برمیشمارد. و اینها را در مقابل هدف انسان از زندگی یعنی سعادتمندی قرار میدهد ولی در این تقابل رابطهی مثبتی پیدا نمیکند. یعنی تمدن موافق سعادت هر فردی نیست. بلکه تمدن بیشتر نگاهش به جمع است. فروید میگوید اگر هر فردی به ابژهی عشق دست پیدا کند اصلا باقی دنیا برایش مهم ن...


C rated it ★★★★☆

September 04, 2017

This book explains why the average man--someone like you--is always pissed off, as if there is a cauldron of boiling anger just beneath his oxford button-down and neatly pressed slacks. This book explains why he (you) will be standing behind that scruffy, ponytailed hipster in the checkout lane,...


Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

November 11, 2007

This may come as a surprise considering how much I complain about psychotherapy, but I LOVE SIGMUND FREUD. This is not just transference, and no, he doesn't remind me at all of my father; I believe Freud was a great genius, and far more importantly, that he was a fantastic writer and very interes...


Mr. rated it ★★★★★

October 07, 2008

`Civilization and its Discontents' is Freud's miniature opus. It is a superficial masterpiece that stretches further than any of his other works; he is reaching for an explanation for human nature in terms of the id-ego-superego structure of the individual as he exists in civilization. For Freud,...


Roy rated it ★★★☆☆

June 15, 2016

There’s something unbelievable about Freud. If he was some ancient Greek or Medieval thinker, his ideas might not seem as strange. But the man was a contemporary of Albert Einstein, John Maynard Keynes, and F.D.R. He lived through the Great Depression and World War II—two events that continue to...


ZaRi rated it ★★★☆☆

September 16, 2015

سرچشمه های رنج " رنج از سه جهت ما را تهدید می کند: ١- از طرف جسم خودمان که محکوم به تلاشی و اضمحلال است ٢- از طرف جهان بیرون و طبیعت که با نیرویی چیره، بیرحم ویرانگر ما را مورد حمله قرار می دهد ٣- نهادهایی که روابط میان انسان را در خانواده، دولت و جامعه تنظیم می کنند" ( ص٣٥) پذیرش مورد اول و دوم هم...


Belal rated it ★★★★☆

January 02, 2011

أكثر استفادة لي من الكتاب ،أنه غير لي نظرتي السطحية ،لأطروحة فرويد الخاصة ،بعقدة قتل الأب الأصيلة ،فأنا كنت أردها دائما بالحجة العادية ،أنه إذا كان الذنب ،قد جاء من القتل ،فكيف تكونت هذه القابلية أصلا ،للشعور بالذنب ؟،ولكن تحليل فرويد لها ،وادماجها في منظومته التفسيرية كان أقوى من التعامل معها بص...


Pooya rated it ★★★★☆

March 26, 2017

از آخرین کتاب های فروید، و اولین کتابی که من ازش خونده م. بسیار بسیار ارزشمند. متن کاملا خودبسنده ست. تازه و ساده شروع می شه، خوب ادامه پیدا می کنه و با مختصری تکرار مکررات به پایان می رسه. فروید واقعا نبوغ داره. چه دوستش داشته باشیم چه نه. رد پای تفکرات نویسنده ی این متن رو توی هر نحلهی فکری امرو...


Blair rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 03, 2016

The Price of Civilized Security “Civilized man has traded in a portion of his chances of happiness for a certain measure of security.” Sometimes it is worth reading the original source of an idea that now should be taken for granted in our culture. Not this time. While there are a few gems in this...





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