Civilization and Its Discontents

Civilization and Its Discontents

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By (author) Sigmund Freud

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  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books
  • Format: Paperback | 146 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 13mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 18 October 2010
  • ISBN 10: 1891396250
  • ISBN 13: 9781891396250
  • Sales rank: 204,014

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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 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.

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