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The Future of an Illusion

Freud, Sigmund 1927c, The Future of an Illusion, SE 21: 1-56, trs. from Die Zukunft einer Illusion, GW 14: 325-380. [Editor's note 3-4; text begins 5.]

The Future of an Illusion ends in optimism. Briefly, Freud's hopeful conclusion as this: Just as healthy individuals overcome their childish ways as they mature, as reason comes to play a greater role in the governance of their lives, so too healthy societies should overcome their primitive practices as they mature, as science comes to play a greater role in the governance of their lives.

analogy between religion and obsessional neurosis: 1927c, SE 21: 42-4.


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