Freud, Sigmund. Translated By Marie Bonaparte.
Title L'Avenir D'Une Illusion. Traduit De l'Allemand Par Marie Bonaparte . [plus ephemera]
Binding Soft Cover, Stiff Wraps
Book Condition Very Good
Edition French Language Edition
Size 12mo - 6¾ - 7¾ Inches Tall
Publisher Paris Denoel & Steele 1932
Seller ID 2267
196pgs+adv. Very Good condition softcover, original stiff red paper cover. Light wear to edges and corners, bottom of spine chipped. Original paper price tag intact on spine. Internally clean and unmarked, paper is a bit stiff and age darkened. Text block is untrimmed and pages after pg 144 remain unopened (top edges of page gathers are still connected, not cut open to separate pages). Included is a vintage London Transport bus punch ticket, Route 19 1-1/2d, Finsbury Park to Streatham, which was apparently used as a bookmark by a previous owner. Text is in the French language, translated from the German by Marie Bonaparte. Table des Matieres: L'Avenir D'une illusion, Actes Obsedants et exercices religieux, Un evenement de la vie religieuse. In L'Avenir D'Une Illusion ["The Future of an Illusion"] Freud controversially views religion and religious dogma as a "neurotic relic", a necessary step in the development of civilization and comparable to a childhood neurosis. He submits that the strength of religious illusions lies both in their usefulness in implementing ethical rules among civilized mankind, and in the innate human wish for a soothing of death anxiety. He hints at the idea that psychoanalysis, as a scientific discipline, would eventually help to dissipate this illusion. Freud even considers that the beliefs of the devoutly religious safeguard them to a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses because their acceptance of this "universal neurosis" spares them the task of constructing a personal one. #2267.