The Denial of Death

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Free Press, Mar 1, 1985 - Philosophy - 314 pages
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Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, "The Denial of Death" is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie -- man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than twenty years after its writing.

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Becker is also an exquisite writer. - Goodreads
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Fantastic book. I hope to write an in-depth review soon. Read full review

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An animal who gets his self-worth symbolically has to minutely compare himself to those around him, to make sure he doesn't come off second-best. "Character defenses" - he learns not to expose himself ... Read full review


Introduction Human Nature and
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After receiving a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Syracuse University, Dr. Ernest Becker (1924-1974) taught at the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State College, and Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is survived by his wife, Marie, and a foundation that bears his name -- The Ernest Becker Foundation.

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