The Freud Museum Reading Group – Civilization and its Discontents

16-week reading group - limited spaces available.

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26 January, 5:30 pm - 25 May, 7:00 pm

£142 – £160

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The weekly meetings will take place online on Tuesdays, 17.30 – 19.00 GMT/BST. All attendees will be automatically emailed the recording of each session. The group’s capacity is limited to 10 people only.

Please note: there will be a recess for Easter, w/c 30th March and 6th April 2020.


We will discuss the text from The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud.

Sigmund Freud’s texts are endlessly fascinating and provocative, and are ideal for reading and discussing in a group environment.

We will read through a specific text line by line and then discuss sections together, following the flow of Freud’s arguments and exploring his ideas as we go along. No prior knowledge of psychoanalysis is required, and the aim of the group will be to develop a shared understanding of some of Freud’s most influential texts. Discussions will be recorded and shared with participants after each session.

Civilization and its Discontents was published in 1930 and is one of Freud’s most wide-ranging works, touching on subjects as diverse as philosophy, anthropology and religion. Described by Herbert Marcuse as ‘the most radical critique of western culture and its most trenchant defense’, Civilization and its Discontents remains one of Freud’s most widely read and fiercely debated texts.


Tom DeRose – Group Facilitator


Tom DeRose founded the Freud Museum staff and volunteer reading group in 2015, which has been meeting weekly ever since. He has a long-standing interest in the philosophical aspects and cultural implications of Freud’s theories, and has published articles exploring these areas, most recently on the affinities between the thought of Freud, Wagner and Nietzsche for the Wagner Journal (July 2017). He is currently writing chapters on psychoanalysis and music for The Bloomsbury Handbook of Literature and Psychoanalysis (forthcoming).

The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud [Volume XXI] is available from the Freud Museum Shop. All attendees will receive a 10% discount.


26 January, 5:30 pm
25 May, 7:00 pm
£142 – £160
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