The Philosophy Of The Self Essay

998 Words Dec 5th, 2015 4 Pages
The philosophy of the self is a topic that both past and present philosophers have had many debates over. Some philosophers believe the self is embedded in the soul, which is argued to be immortal, immaterial, changeable or unchangeable. Some philosophers have had very similar ideas about what the self is, and some philosophers have had extremely bizarre ideas that others have not even come close to. Some of Sigmund Freud 's philosophies introduce new ideas about civilization, psychoanalysis, and religion involving common senses. Although some of the things he addresses with these concepts seem logical, there are still some issues that Freud tends to ignore about these ideas. In this paper, I am going to address some of the issues with Sigmund Freud 's philosophy on the self, but more specifically, his philosophy on civilization, it’s purposes, and it’s interaction with psychoanalysis and religion.
Freud believed civilization is a whole sum of achievements and regulations, which distinguish our lives. This perspective on civilization is easy to agree with, but the more descriptive this definition becomes, the harder it is to continue to believe it. He thought civilization emerges from a man 's need to conquer the earth and make it bearable. According to Freud, humans are nothing but hyper sexual and violent beings. He believed once humans recognize they possess these characteristics, then society can progress, but until then, society will stay stagnant. Freud’s…

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