On Murder, Mourning and Melancholia

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Written against a backdrop of brutal conflict and rising racism across Europe, this collection of writings by Sigmund Freud explore the underlying forces of modern neuroses and war.

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These works were written against a background of war and racism. Freud sought the sources of conflict in the deepest memories of humankind, finding clear continuities between our ‘primitive’ past and ‘civilized’ modernity. In Totem and Taboo he explores institutions of tribal life, tracing analogies between the rites of hunter-gatherers and the obsessions of urban-dwellers, while Mourning and Melancholia sees a similarly self-destructive savagery underlying individual life in the modern age, which issues at times in self-harm and suicide. And Freud’s extraordinary letter to Einstein, Why War? – rejecting what he saw as the physicist’s naïve pacifism – sums up his unsparing view of history in a few profoundly pessimistic, yet grimly persuasive pages.

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Weight 0.213 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.6 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

243

Language

English

Edition

New Edition

Dewey

150.1952 (edition:23)

Readership

College – higher education / Code: F