Explore Freud’s philosophical thinking as set out in his later works, devoted to society, religion and the nature of the human condition.
As a student Freud was passionately interested in philosophical questions concerning the nature of human existence, and in his autobiography (written at the age of seventy) he wrote "The triumph of my life is that, after a long detour through the natural sciences, medicine and psychotherapy, I have returned to the cultural problems which had fascinated me long before, when I was a youth scarcely old enough for thinking."
He had returned to philosophy. One of the greatest works of the mature Freud, Civilization and its Discontents (1930), is devoted to the problem of human happiness, and on this online course we will explore Freud’s philosophical thinking as set out in his later works devoted to society, religion and the nature of the human condition.
This is the last of five courses offering a complete introduction to Freud. The courses are accessible to beginners, but are also designed for those already familiar with Freud’s work, wishing to acquaint themselves with the results of the latest research, as well as study the debates around his work.