Civilization and Its Discontents | Study Guide

Sigmund Freud

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Civilization and Its Discontents | Chapter Summaries


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Chapter 1 The first paragraph of this chapter praises a man Freud never identifies by name. This man is known from other sources t... Read More
Chapter 2 Freud holds nothing back when talking about religion, calling it "patently infantile" and unrealistic in its insistence ... Read More
Chapter 3 In this chapter Freud tackles what he sees as perhaps the most challenging obstacle to personal happiness: other people.... Read More
Chapter 4 With a sense of anthropological authority audacious in a person who was not trained in the field, Freud outlines his vie... Read More
Chapter 5 Freud sees the conflict between civilization and individuals as inevitable, given people want to bond with just one othe... Read More
Chapter 6 Freud begins this chapter with the assumption he is restating material already known to his readers about psychoanalytic... Read More
Chapter 7 Freud has established the foundation of his theory of civilization, so now he moves closer to answering the book's centr... Read More
Chapter 8 In a lovely and gently humorous paragraph, Freud apologizes to readers for not getting to his point faster and more dire... Read More
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