Civilization and Its Discontents (Paperback)

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By Sigmund Freud, Christopher Hitchens (Introduction by), James Strachey (Translator)
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If you only ever read one book by the father of psychoanalysis, make it Civilization and its Discontents! Drawing on elements of Freud's theories from throughout his career, Civilization is most notable for applying psychoanalyic thought to a larger context--namely, "civilized" society. Freud deftly explores why unhappiness is so prominent in modern times, how social groups form and define themselves against others, and the precarious relationship between love (Eros) and death (Thanatos). An incomparable, controversial classic, this new edition includes a great introduction by Christopher Hitchens. 

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If you only ever read one book by the father of psychoanalysis, make it Civilization and its Discontents! Drawing on elements of Freud's theories from throughout his career, Civilization is most notable for applying psychoanalyic thought to a larger context--namely, "civilized" society. Freud deftly explores why unhappiness is so prominent in modern times, how social groups form and define themselves against others, and the precarious relationship between love (Eros) and death (Thanatos). An incomparable, controversial classic, this new edition includes a great introduction by Christopher Hitchens. — From Civilization and Its Discontents (Sigmund Freud)

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Written in the decade before Freud's death, Civilization and Its Discontents may be his most famous and most brilliant work. It has been praised, dissected, lambasted, interpreted, and reinterpreted. Originally published in 1930, it seeks to answer several questions fundamental to human society and its organization: What influences led to the creation of civilization? Why and how did it come to be? What determines civilization's trajectory? Freud's theories on the effect of the knowledge of death on human existence and the birth of art are central to his work. Of the various English translations of Freud's major works to appear in his lifetime, only Norton's Standard Edition, under the general editorship of James Strachey, was authorized by Freud himself. This new edition includes both an introduction by the renowned cultural critic and writer Christopher Hitchens as well as Peter Gay's classic biographical note on Freud.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393304510
ISBN-10: 0393304515
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 9th, 2010
Pages: 186
Language: English