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Civilization and Its Discontents

Civilization and Its Discontents - 10 edition

ISBN13: 978-1891396250

Cover of Civilization and Its Discontents 10 (ISBN 978-1891396250)
ISBN13: 978-1891396250
ISBN10: 1891396250

Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 10
Copyright: 2010
Publisher: Martino Publishing
Published: 2010
International: No

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Civilization and Its Discontents - 10 edition

ISBN13: 978-1891396250

Sigmund Freud

ISBN13: 978-1891396250
ISBN10: 1891396250

Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 10
Copyright: 2010
Publisher: Martino Publishing
Published: 2010
International: No
Summary

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.