Civilization and Its Discontents (Paperback)

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By Sigmund Freud, Joan Riviere (Translator)
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2016 Reprint of the American Edition of 1930. 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 laws that prohibit killing, rape, and adultery, and it implements severe punishments if such commandments are broken. This process, argues Freud, is an inherent quality of civilization that instills perpetual feelings of discontent in its citizens.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781614279846
ISBN-10: 1614279845
Publisher: Martino Fine Books
Publication Date: July 1st, 2016
Pages: 76
Language: English