Becker presents a daring, convincing challenge to the classic Freudian school. In this inspiring and revolutionary answer to the 'why' of human existence, he sees the denial of death as man's driving force to distinguish himself beyond the grave.
Winner of the 1974 Pulitzer Prize and the culmination of Ernest Becker's life's work, The Denial of Death is one of the twentieth-century's great works. In it Ernest Becker passionately seeks to understand the basis of human existence. Taking the fundamental fact of existence as man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality, Becker sheds new light on humanity and the meaning of life itself.
Becker views human civilisation and achievement as an attempt to transcend a sense of mortality. Mankind seeks heroic acts to become part of something eternal; even though the physical body will die one day, life can still have meaning and a greater significance. In the modern world much conflict between religions, nations and ideologies are the result of contradictory 'immortality projects' but Becker sees these as false and looks for alternative immortality projects that can restore the heroic sense, as well as bringing about a better world.
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An original, creative contribution to a synthesis of this generation's extensive explorations in psychology and theology. Boston Herald One of those rare masterpieces that will stimulate your thoughts, your intellectual curiosity, and last but not least, your soul. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, author, On Death and Dying A brave work of electrifying intelligence and passion, optimistic and revolutionary, destined to endure. New York Times Book Review Concerns the 'universality of the fear of death'... Its approach is more philosophical than psychologically or medically empirical. -- Theology Meditating on death and its influence on our culture... that the fear of death is the single motivating fact of human endeavour and that all art and philosophy come from trying to deal with obsolescence. -- The Catholic Herald One of the few great books of the 20th or any other century. -- Albuquerque Journal Book Review 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. -- The Chicago Sun-Times One hopes that every generation... will bring this brilliant book to the attention of new readers. California Literary Review