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Book Review Civilization And Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
Civilization and Its Discontents is a book by Sigmund Freud. 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.
Civilization And Its Discontents
Freud, S. Civilization and Its Discontents. Riviere Trans. The Hogarth Press. This introduction to the text discusses some of the main themes.
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Introduction to “Civilization and Its Discontents”
Freud believes that religion is central to how societies function — even societies that no longer consist of orthodox believers. Freud attempts, in his essay, to understand how people relate to their societies, how societies are formed, and how individual psychic forces interact with larger, group-level forces. He wonders how these forces are manifest on the social level. Freud wonders how religions function in society, and sees in religion a kind of generous, selfless love — at least, this love as an ideal. Freud wonders whether societies are held together by this selfless love, and by its related religious feeling, but states that these instances of generosity alone cannot constitute a society. Freud then addresses how human beings come to join themselves to others.