Sigmund Freud's "Civilization and Its Discontents" Book Review by write123

Sigmund Freud's "Civilization and Its Discontents"
Analyzes Sigmund Freud's "Civilization and Its Discontents" from the standpoint of Socrates and Jesus Christ.
# 106568 | 2,155 words | 3 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This paper states that, in Sigmund Freud's "Civilization and Its Discontents", Freud contends that the feeling of spirituality or religion is the result of one's ego. The author, who plays the role of Socrates, uses the Socratic method to question Freud's arguments. The paper concludes by questioning how there could be sinfulness if Freud believes that religion is an illusion. The author, in the role of Socrates, relates that "sins" are concepts that religions have invented to make people feel guilty and go to church. The author concludes by analyzing each of the beatitudes of the "Sermon on the Mount" from this psychological position.

Table of Contents:
Socrates Responds to Sigmund Freud's "Civilization and Its Discontents"
Sigmund Freud on the Sermon on the Mount

From the Paper:

"But let's move on to Beatitude number four: "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled." In my own research I have discovered that a desire for happiness in many hearts and minds is matched by a willingness to do good, to try to accomplish positive things for others. This satisfies the ego, and when the parents of a child instill in that child the values that are unselfish, that person while growing up will have a strong desire to be righteous."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American University Washington College of Law. 2006. The Law School Approach (or, 'How To Live with and Learn to Love the Socratic Method.') Retrieved Feb. 19 2008 from
  • Freud, Sigmund. (1961). Civilization and its Discontents. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
  • Life of Christ. (2007). What Are the Beatitudes? Retrieved Feb. 19, 2008, from

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