The Denial of Death

The Denial of Death

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Winner of the 1974 Pulitzer Prize and the culmination of Ernest Beckera€™s lifea€™s work, The Denial of Death is one of the twentieth-centurya€™s great works. In it Ernest Beckera€™s passionately seeks to understand the basis of human existence. Addressing the fundamental fact of existence as mana€™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 as mankind seeks heroic acts (a sense of heroism is the central fact of human nature) 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 a€˜immortality projectsa€™ (Beckera€™s term for an attempt to create something eternal) but Becker looks for new and more convincing immortality projects that can restore the heroic sense, as well as bringing about a better world. Drawing together an astounding array of fields, from psychology and philosophy to religion and the human sciences Ernest Beckera€™s work has had a lasting cultural impact.Winner of the 1974 Pulitzer Prize and the culmination of Ernest Beckera€™s lifea€™s work, The Denial of Death is one of the twentieth-centurya€™s great works.


Title:The Denial of Death
Author: Ernest Becker
Publisher:Souvenir Press - 2014-05-01
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