Item description for The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker...
Overview Drawing from religion and the human sciences, particularly psychology after Freud, the author attempts to demonstrate that the fear of death is man's central concern
Publishers Description 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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Studio: Free Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 8, 1997
Publisher Free Press
ISBN 0684832402 ISBN13 9780684832401
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More About Ernest Becker
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Denial of Death?
Insightful, brilliant, clearly written, easy to digest, hard to stop thinking about Jun 12, 2008
Ernest Becker was a great summarizer of others ideas. He takes an idea like "How can people be happy when they know they will die?", and then looks at the works of psychologists to find their opinion. The result of his effort is a masterpiece. Becker writes clearly, gives credit to others, and draws new conclusions by analyzing the insights of his reading. You can understand a majority of the ideas in one reading. But if you're like me, it will move you deeply. Stop and ponder: One day, you will die. This book delves into how people stay happy, sane and persevering with the only guarantee in our life being the fact that all of it leads to this end.
Clarifying Insight May 19, 2008
A Pulitzer Prize winning book needs no recommendation from me, but I'll add my 2-cents. No book of philosophy, no novel, no discussion of religion, and no essay has had more impact on how I deal with life's issues than this book. I've read it and reread it, underlined passages, turned down page corners, and never go back to it without reading something that escaped me before. It always feels fresh. Becker's insight into human motivation is always on target. And he delivers crystal clear descriptions of ideas and issues that can be extremely difficult to articulate. If you're looking for understanding (not answers, which are not available in this life, regardless of argument to the contrary), then pick up a copy.
OMG!! Mar 20, 2008
My son and I often exchange books so we can have a better insight into each other. I am a very intelligent person and a fast reader. This 285 page book took me 6 weeks to read; I had to read it with a dictionary by my side and when I was done my final comment was..WHAT???????????????????????????????
The most hilarious part of this book and experience for me was that the author references many, many psychologists and others throughout the book in a way that it is assumed the average reader knows who these people are. (I guess I am not average; half of them I had no clue.) However, at one point he mentions Frank Sinatra and feels the need to add a parenthetical remark to explain to the readers who Sinatra was. So, that said, before you purchase this book ask yourself if you are the sort of person that knows names like Rank, Jung, Adler etc like the back of your hand and needs names like Sinatra explained to you. If you are, then by all means..buy this book. If not, then I hope you have a darn good reason why you have bought this book.
Great book ... Good Stuff Feb 8, 2008
I got it in a timely fashion and no problems. Great condition!!! Great great great!!!!
WHAT IS YOUR LEGACY? Jan 19, 2008
Stepping Off the Edge: Learning & Living Spiritual Practice Becker's Pulitzer Prize winning book was written while he was dying-- it is his final gift to humanity. Praised by Elizabeth Kubler Ross, The New York Times Book Review, Sam Keen, you name it. One of my brightest, most humane friends described it as, "The only book I've ever read twice." Becker says-- very thoroughly, too-- that everything we humans do is to blot out the understanding that we die. That includes all the monuments to our egos we leave behind: shopping centers, vineyards, hotels, motels, cities, piles of stuff for our relatives to clean up, as well as poetry, art, and literature. What is your legacy?