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- DescriptionWinner 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 ackwledge 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.
- Author BiographyDr. 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.
- PrizesWinner of Pulitzer Prize General Non-Fiction Category 1974.
- Author(s)Ernest Becker
- PublisherSimon & Schuster Ltd
- Date of Publication04/08/1997
- SubjectPopular Psychology
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSimon & Schuster Ltd
- Out-of-print date23/06/2016
- Weight306 g
- Width140 mm
- Height220 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Foreword byDaniel Goleman
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
- Edition StatementNew edition
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- rodanu03 Oct, 2012by
A profound life changing book
A profound book. Becker takes the big four of psychoanalysis: Freud, Adler, Jung and especially Rank, shows where they were wrong and right and moves forward to a synthesis of psychoanalytic thought. His central thesis is that all of us are fundamentally motivated by a denial of OUR OWN impending death and that we strive for immortality via various life projects. Most of the life projects that people choose are in fact useless in achieving our inmost desires.
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