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Civilization and Its Discontents (1930)

by Sigmund Freud (Author), Sigmund Freud, Sigmund Freud

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Published on the eve of the Fascist tidal wave that submerged the European psyche and soul, the book is a rational endorsement of society as mankind's best means of defense in a world that was about to use society as a weapon of wanton destruction. The primary problem was that humanity’s technological achievements had far surpassed their capacity for moral humanism- Hitler’s extremely primitive, id-fueled worldview was enforced by an astonishing array of fearsome weaponry and bureaucratic and organizational sophistication that all constituted triumphs of technology.

“Humanity has achieved brilliance without conscience,” said American Army General Omar Bradley after World War II. “Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.” ( )
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Even though not every theory of Freud can be easily understood or even accepted, he has a lot to say about civilization. What I found quite striking was his detailed analysis of freedom, and the tradeoffs we make of it in order to be part of our chosen society. I for one feel there is much to learn here, and recommend this book to all those who wish to pursue the question of who we are, and what we can become as a species. ( )
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This, written in 1930, on the eve of destruction as it were, is a summary of Freud's beliefs, the potted essence of his system as applied to the broad picture. Those who decry the Freudian technique as far as our interior mental landscapes go would do well to remember that, whatever his flaws as a scientist, he was a first-rate essayist.

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Freud, Sigmundmain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Strachey, JamesTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McLintock, DavidTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riviere, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Civilization, therefore, obtains mastery over the individual's dangerous desire for aggression by weakening and disarming it and by setting up an agency within him to watch over it, like a garrison in a conquered city.
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During the summer of 1929, Freud worked on what became this seminal volume of twentieth-century thought.

It stands as a brilliant summary of the views on culture from a psychoanalytic perspective that he had been developing since the turn of the century. It is both witness and tribute to the late theory of mind—the so-called structural theory, with its stress on aggression, indeed the death drive, as the pitiless adversary of eros.

Civilization and Its Discontents is one of the last of Freud's books, written in the decade before his death and first published in German in 1929. In it he states his views on the broad question of man's place in the world, a place Freud defines in terms of ceaseless conflict between the individual's quest for freedom and society's demand for conformity.

Freud's theme is that what works for civilization doesn't necessarily work for man. Man, by nature aggressive and egotistical, seeks self-satisfaction. But culture inhibits his instinctual drives. The result is a pervasive and familiar guilt.

Of the various English translations of Freud's major works to appear in his lifetime, only one was authorized by Freud himself: The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud under the general editorship of James Strachey.

Freud approved the overall editorial plan, specific renderings of key words and phrases, and the addition of valuable notes, from bibliographical and explanatory. Many of the translations were done by Strachey himself; the rest were prepared under his supervision. The result was to place the Standard Edition in a position of unquestioned supremacy over all other existing versions.

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