The Denial of Death

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - Philosophy - 336 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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User Review  - knightlight777 - LibraryThing

I actually managed to listen to this entire work on audio book unabridged. A bit dated by the inferences Becker gives throughout I still found a useful venture presenting an enormous amount of ... Read full review

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User Review  - MSarki - LibraryThing

An important book for all of us to read, though I bogged down a bit during the sex parts. It is possible I am not as familiar with all the so-called perversions and neurosis of sexuality and therefore ... Read full review

Contents

Human Nature and
1
CHAPTER TWO The Terror of Death
11
CHAPTER THREE 2 The Recasting of Some Basic
25
Noch Einmal
93
THE FAILURES OF
125
Psychoanalysis on Kierkegaard
159
RETROSPECT
209
What Is
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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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