The Denial of Death

The Denial of Death

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By (author) Ernest Becker, Foreword by Daniel Goleman

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 19mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 4 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0684832402
  • ISBN 13: 9780684832401
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 8,537

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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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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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"New York Times Book Review" ...a brave work of electrifying intelligence and passion, optimistic and revolutionary, destined to endure...