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Civilization and Its Discontents

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In Civilization and Its Discontents Freud extends and clarifies his analysis of religion; analyzes human unhappiness in contemporary civilization; ratifies the critical importance of the death drive theory; and contemplates the significance of guilt and conscience in everyday life. The result is Freud's most expansive work, one wherein he discusses mysticism, love, interpretation, narcissism, religion, happiness, technology, beauty, justice, work, the origin of civilization, phylogenetic development, Christianity, the Devil, communism, the sense of guilt, remorse, and ethics. A classic, important, accessible work, Freud reminds us again why we still read and debate his ideas today. Todd Dufresne's introduction expands on why, according to the late Freud, psychoanalysis is the key to understanding individual and collective realities or, better yet, collective truths. The Appendices include related writings by Freud, contemporary reviews, and scholarly responses from Marcuse, Rieff, and Ricoeur.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), an Austrian, was the founder of psychoanalysis. Todd Dufresne is Professor of Philosophy at Lakehead University. He has authored several books on Freud including Killing Freud (Continuum), and editions of The Future of an Illusion and Beyond the Pleasure Principle with Broadview Press.Gregory C. Richter is Professor of German and Linguistics at Truman State University, USA and the translator of many works.

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