Freud on Revolution Book Review by write123

Freud on Revolution
A study of Sigmund Freud's book, "Civilization and its Discontents," focusing on his theories on revolution.
# 105818 | 975 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 18, 2008 in Psychology (Freud) , Literature (German) , Political Science (Marx / Engels)

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This paper examines Freud's book, "Civilization and its Discontents," and shows how Freud's theories of man's inherent aggressiveness agree with Karl Marx's philosophy. The author discusses Freud's beliefs about the psyche and the mind, and the polarities of Eros and the "Death Drive" in the history of civilization. The author finds that Freud's hypothesis of the cause of revolution in society can be seen in action today, and discusses the near prophetic nature of some of his writing.

From the Paper:

"Freud also uses the book as a pulpit, if you will, for his own views on organized religion, which he considers the "future of an illusion," an essay he refers to often in the book. He believes that religion can help relieve individual neuroses, but in the end, there are better ways to find happiness in life. Thus, the book is his critique on society but also expresses his feelings about some elements of society and how they influence our lives, thoughts, and actions. The book is somewhat a look inside Freud as well as a look at the contemporary society of his time."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and Its Discontents. 1st ed. Strachey, James, ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 1961.

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