Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

Christina Hendricks begins this lecture by giving some background in a few Freudian ideas and arguments that may help in making sense of the text, and then talks about connections between this text, Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Plato’s Republic, and Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols, while giving her reading of some of the main points of Freud’s arguments. She ends with a quick question about the choice to start the book with a discussion of the “oceanic feeling” only to seemingly drop it, and then argues that we can see it reappear as a theme, in a way, in the end of the book.

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