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Civilization and Its Discontents

Sigmund Freud

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Considers the incompatibility of civilisation and individual happiness, and the tensions between the claims of society and the individual. This work focuses on what the author perceives to be one of society's greatest dangers; 'civilised' sexual morality.
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In what remains one of his most seminal papers, Freud considers the incompatibility of civilization and individual happiness, and the tensions between the claims of society and the individual. We all know that living in civilized 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; "civilized" sexual morality. After all, doesn't repression of sexuality deeply affect people and compromise their chances of happiness?

Author Biography

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.

Product Details

Pages
144
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2002
ISBN-10
0141182369
ISBN-13
9780141182360
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Translated from
German
Author
Sigmund Freud
Translator
David Mclintock
Media
Book
Language
English
Series
Penguin Modern Classics
Publication Date
2002-07-04