The Denial of Death
- Book Author: Ernest Becker
- Categories: Philosophy, Epistemology, Death & Bereavement, Psychology, Psychotherapy
- Book Publisher: Souvenir Press
- Publication Date: 2011
- ISBN: 9780285638976
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. Addressing 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 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 immortality projects (Becker’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 Becker’s work has had a lasting cultural impact.