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Weak arguments and a poor introduction to Freud While I agree that Civilization and Its Discontents has some kernels of truth within it I cannot recommend it either as a persuasive piece or as an introduction to Freudian thought I do not know if in his longer works Freud actually supports any of his statements with more than the weak ancedotal proofs he gives here nor do I know if he actually works through his arguments to a logical conclusion instead of relying on sensationalistic statements with no basis in his evidence Suffice to say he does not meet the minimum requirements in my opinion for philosophical or scientific excellence in this book Furthermore the rambling vague and disorganized nature of this book makes its usefulness as a mere introduction to Freud extremely weak I would only suggest using it as a companion to such other works as Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis or as an immediate overview and introduction to The Future of an Illusion which though written earlier than Civilization more fully elucidates many of the principles Freud touts here As a long-time student of classical thought philosophy and ethics not to mention the fundamental principles of logic I found myself highly unimpressed with this work and saw no great haven of Truth within it Further having been raised by Secular Humanists I am less than convinced of the practical merits of Freuds ideas Read it if you like but dont expect to find salvation or much enlightenment out of these few pages
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