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Civilization And Its Discontents
Civilization And Its Discontents
Author: Sigmund Freud (edited by James Strachey)
Civilization And Its Discontents is one of the last of Freud's books, written in the decade before his death. In it he makes known his views on the broad question of man's place in the world, which he sees in terms of the never-ending conflict of the claim of the individual for freedom and the demands of society. — Writing of the book The Spectat...  more »
ISBN: 221905
Publication Date: 1961
Pages: 109
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Publisher: W W Norton & Company INC
Book Type: Paperback
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I was doing some research/course work and this book was cited for having certain viewpoints pertinent to the subject I was studying. At his best Freud is difficult to understand because of all his psychobabble jargon and invented words. Since this is a translation from German the clarity is further obscured. I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist so the terms thrown about evade me without annoying referral to several dictionaries or websites. At heart Freud is an academician who intentionally writes in a manner so as to keep the laymen in awe of his genius. I do not find this useful to understanding. When all is said, I had to go to other sources to find out what Freud's positions and opinions are. I have neither the time nor patience to plow through his laborious prose and arcane vocabulary. My recommendation is that if you want to read the "master's words" then this might be the book for you. But, be prepared to struggle a bit and be annoyed a lot. I'm not impressed by his psychological insights nor his ability to communicate them.
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