Civilization and Its Discontents

Civilization and Its Discontents


By (author) Sigmund Freud, Translated by David McLintock, Introduction by Leo Bersani

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  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 10mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 4 July 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141182369
  • ISBN 13: 9780141182360
  • Sales rank: 24,693

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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 between the claims of society and the individual. We all know that living in civilised groups means sacrificing a degree of personal interest, but couldn't you argue that it in fact creates the conditions for our happiness? Freud explores the arguments and counter-arguments surrounding this proposition, focusing on what he perceives to be one of society's greatest dangers; 'civilised' sexual morality. After all, doesn't repression of sexuality deeply affect people and compromise their chances of happiness?

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Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 and died in exile in London in 1939. As a writer and doctor he remains one of the informing voices of the twentieth century.