The Political Theories of Sigmund Freud

Discusses Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents and Five Lectures on Psycho-Analysis in a political context.

Freud’s impact is usually discussed in terms of our contemporary understanding of the individual and less so, the social. However, it is possible to examine Freud as a political theorist also, in terms of his vision of society and of what can go wrong at the group level. Freud’s more political vision of humanity and the mind in a much changed ‘modern’ age is described towards revealing Freud the political theorist.