Civilization And Its Discontents Paperback – Aug 3 2010
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About the Author
Peter Gay (1923—2015) was the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time.
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"Civilization and Its Discontents," one of Freud's last works, remains one of his most vital and important. Don't be fooled by its brevity; this is a deeply complex and wide-ranging examination of Western civilization and its tensions. Freud speculates about the origins of our modern societies, the difficulties of assimilating ourselves to them given our own individual psyches, and ends the book with a rather pessimistic look forward. Clearly, Freud felt that civilization's "discontents" were an unresolvable fact of life.
What makes "Civilization and Its Discontents" so fascinating is Freud's application of psychoanalysis to Western society as whole. He examines how the factors at play in our own psyches--family conflicts, sexual desire, guilt, the "death instinct," and the eternal battle between our own self-interest and the interests of the human species at large--cause the problems that human beings encounter on a daily basis. As always with Freud, his ideas are put forward not as a final statement, but as a tentative first step.
This is one of Freud's indispensable texts, and its accessible and absorbing style make it an ideal introduction for those who are seeking to discover this colossal mind for the first time. A must read.
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With his culture theoretical documents Freud had essentially share at the development of the philosophical self-determination of mankind. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2005 by FrizzText
Many people today believe that Sigmund Freud was obsessed with sex. However, most of these assumptions are based upon what another person said of Freud and almost never upon a... Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by Timothy Shives
I would have to definitely say that this is one read that has helped change my perception on reality, as well as give me deeper insight. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2003 by James Carr
Freud's works, although lavishly praised as a giant advance in human understanding, have proved themselves no more useful, verifiable or objective than the horoscope section of a... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2002 by Jason Eubanks
This book was a short one, but a difficult one. This book gives one the oppurtunity to start taking a critical look at where one's life is and the people around it. Read morePublished on July 29 2002 by A. Gorilla
There have been times in my life when I doubted that the ability to convince people that they are crazy was ultimately of any benefit. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2002 by Bruce P. Barten
If you can find another translation of this seminal book (see my review of Freud's Gravida), then do so. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2001 by Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA