Civilization and Its Discontents

Civilization and Its Discontents

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Baker & Taylor
A seventy-fifth anniversary, hardcover edition of Freud's seminal work discusses such topics as the influences that led to the creation of human civilization and the factors that are determining its course as well as the author's philosophies about the contest between aggression and eros, in a volume complemented by an introduction by a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. 30,000 first printing. First serial, The New Yorker.

Norton Pub
For the 75th anniversary, a new edition of the seminal work with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Menand.

Book News
A previous edition of this book is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed.. Editor Louis Menand (English and American literature, Harvard U.) says that this classic, like many others, no longer has any credibility as an account of reality, but has so widely influenced people that thinking about reality without taking it into account is now impossible. Ungehagen in der Kultur was published in 1930, nine years before Freud died, and reflects the shift late in his career from problems of the individual to problems of culture. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
Civilization and Its Discontents may be Sigmund Freud's best-known work. Originally published in 1930, it seeks to answer ultimate questions: What influences led to the creation of civilization? How did it come to be? What determines its course? In this seminal volume of twentieth-century thought, Freud elucidates the contest between aggression, indeed the death drive, and its adversary eros. He speaks to issues of human creativity and fulfillment, the place of beauty in culture, and the effects of repression.Louis Menand, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Metaphysical Club, contributor to The New Yorker, and professor of English at Harvard University, reflects on the importance of this work in intellectual thought and why it has become such a landmark book for the history of ideas.Not available in hardcover for decades, this beautifully rendered anniversary edition will be a welcome addition to readers' shelves.

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Presents the eminent Austrian psychoanalyst's views on the irreconcilable antagonism between instinctual drives and the repressive attitudes of civilization.

Publisher: New York : Norton, c2005
ISBN: 9780393059953
Branch Call Number: 150.1952 FRE
Characteristics: 192 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Strachey, James


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this is the book freud wrote in which he introduces his concept of 'death instinct.' apparently he had some problems with his original system, making every concept fit together, so he came up with the putative ' instinct,' to balance his original theory.wilhelm reich, for one, had major disagreements with it; and carl gustav jung; and former secretary to meetings, otto rank, later to write profound books of his own, and later still, to become anais nin's analyst, in new York city.

Jul 19, 2015

This is an amazing book and I enjoy reading it very much. I selected it because I had read first Freud's "The Future of Illusion" Has I said about that book this book is very difficult to read only very advanced readers should try to read it. It is very hard to follow and understand even for me. Also this book was written in 1929 and the scientific references in it are completely out of date. I would not recommend it for use in a High School or junior college report. The short biography by Peter Gray at the beginning of the book is excellent and would be perfect for use in a high school level report about the life of Sigmund Freud.

Feb 06, 2009

If you like psychoanalysis, this book is for you! It's one of the best known essay Freud wrote. A good read.

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