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The Denial of Death : Free Press Paperback - Ernest Becker

The Denial of Death

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Paperback Published: 8th May 1997
ISBN: 9780684832401
Number Of Pages: 336

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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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a great book often cited in humanistic psychology literature; much post-Freudian analysis especially Otto Rank who also influenced Carl Rogers

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The Chicago Sun-Times 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. Albuquerque Journal Book Review ...to read it is to know the delight inherent in the unfolding of a mind grasping at new possibilities and forming a new synthesis. The Denial of Death is a great book -- one of the few great books of the 20th or any other century. New York Times Book Review ...a brave work of electrifying intelligence and passion, optimistic and revolutionary, destined to endure... Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. Author of On Death And Dying It puts together what others have torn to pieces and rendered useless. It is one of those rare masterpieces that will stimulate your thoughts, your intellectual curiosity, and last but not least, your soul...

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Human Nature and the Heroicp. 1
The Depth Psychology of Heroismp. 9
The Terror of Deathp. 11
The Recasting of Some Basic Psychoanalytic Ideasp. 25
Human Character as a Vital Liep. 47
The Psychoanalyst Kierkegaardp. 67
The Problem of Freud's Character, Noch Einmalp. 93
The Failures of Heroismp. 125
The Spell Cast by Persons - The Nexus of Unfreedomp. 127
Otto Rank and the Closure of Psychoanalysis on Kierkegaardp. 159
The Present Outcome of Psychoanalysisp. 176
A General View of Mental Illnessp. 208
Retrospect and Conclusion: The Dilemmas of Heroismp. 253
Psychology and Religion: What Is the Heroic Individual?p. 255
Referencesp. 286
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780684832401
ISBN-10: 0684832402
Series: Free Press Paperback
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 8th May 1997
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 14.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition