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Civilization and its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
Episode 49th October 2023 • The Reading Cure • Dr Steven Davies
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In this fourth episode of the second season, Alex and Steven delve into Sigmund Freud's seminal work, "Civilisation and its Discontents." They navigate the realms of civilisation's promise and its inherent discontent, exploring the psychological tapestry Freud weaves to elucidate human suffering in the face of social evolution.

Topics discussed include:

  • To what extent has civilisation become both a problem and a solution to our suffering?
  • The nature of guilt and how it is related to our socialisation.
  • What, according to Freud, might be the 'right amount' of civilisation that allows for harmonious human existence as well as individual happiness?

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