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The Denial of Death

By Ernest Becker, Daniel Goleman (Foreword by)

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages, New edition Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 1997
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.

About the Author

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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The Chicago Sun-Times It is hard to overestimate the importance of this book; Becker succeeds brilliantly in what he sets out to do, and the effort was necessary.

EAN: 9780684832401
ISBN: 0684832402
Publisher: Free Press
Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2.3 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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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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"Albuquerque Journal Book Review,.".to read it is to know the delight inherent in the unfolding of a mind grasping at new possibilities and forming a new synthesis. "The Denial of Death" is a great book -- one of the few great books of the 20th or any other century.
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Ernest Becker boldly progresses our collective understanding of the ramifications of the death each of us will one day experience. The main driver of human motivation according to Becker is our fear of mortality, which entails for men in particular the still relevent 'immortality project'. Thus one can achieve some small victory over death by the historical importance one can strive towards. A refreshing, brutaly honest exposue on the reality of human mortality.

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