Saturday, May 28, 2016

Civilization and Its Discontents By Sigmund Freud

Primary Sources:

1) Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and Its Discontents. Trans. James Strachey. New York: W.W. Norton
& Company, 1961. Print.

2) Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and Its Discontents. Trans. David McLintock. London: Penguin Publishing, 2002. Print.

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3) Freud, Sigmund. The Freud Reader. Ed. Peter Gay. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1989. Print.

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Note: this is a collection of works by Freud which has been compiled together.  Although "Civilization and Its Discontents" are in it, there are also many other relevant works by Feud.  We recommend this to anyone who is looking to study Freud intensely. 

Secondary Sources:


1) Bauman, Zygmunt. Postmodernity and Its Discontents. New York; New York University Press, 1997. Print.

Note: this book takes Freud's ideas in "Civilization and Its Discontents" and applies them to a postmodern society.

Journal Articles:

1) Shapiro, Barry. "Civilization and Its Discontents." Psychoanalytic Inquiry 32.6 (2012): 559-569. Web.

2) Robert, Paul A. "Civilization and Its Discontents in Anthropological Perspective, Eight Decades On." Psychoanalytic Inquiry 32.6 (2012): 582-595. Web.

3) Zvi, Lothane. "Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents and Related Works: A Reappraisal." Psychoanalytic Inquiry 32.6 (2012): 524-542. Web.

4) Raspa, Richard. Civilization and Its Discontents in the 21st century: Freud, Shakespeare, and Romantic Love." Psychoanalytic Inquiry 32.6 (2012): 596-606. Web.

5) Hollan, Douglas. "Cultures and Their Discontents: On the Cultural Mediation of Shame and Guilt." Psychoanalytic Inquiry 32.6 (2012): 570-581. Web.

6) Young, Allan. "Individualism and Its Discontents." Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology 21.4 (2014): 361-362. Web.

7) Capps, Donald, and Carlin, Nathan. "Human Chances for Happiness: A review of Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents." Pastoral Psychology 62.3 (2013): 271-289. Web.

8) Carveth, Donald. "Freud's and Our Paranoid Myth of "The Beast." Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis 20.1 (2012): 153-157. Web.


1) This lecture is given by Christina Hendricks.  She provides a valuable lecture of what Freud was doing in Civilization and Its Discontents.  People of all levels should find this useful.

2) Valuable introductory lecture by YaleCourses.  It does not examine "Civilization and Its Discontents" in much depth but is valuable for one who is becoming familiar with Freud and his works.

3) This is a philosophy podcast called "The partially examined life."  In this episode, they discuss Freud's "Civilization and Its Discontents" in an introductory manner.  Someone who is beginning their studies in Freud will find this useful.

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