The Denial of Death

The book argues that human civilisation is a defence against the knowledge that we are mortal beings.

Author: Ernest Becker

Publisher: Souvenir Press

ISBN: 0285640070

Category: Self-Help

Page: 338

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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. The book argues that human civilisation is a defence against the knowledge that we are mortal beings. Becker states that humans live in both the physical world and a symbolic world of meaning, which is where our 'immortality project' resides. We create in order to become immortal - to become part of something we believe will last forever. In this way we hope to give our lives meaning. In The Denial of Death, Becker sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates decades after it was written.

Shakespeare the Denial of Death

Examines how Shakespeare dramatizes the strategies people use to deal with death's inevitability, discusses the nature of Shakespearean tragedy, and also looks at the theme of immortality.

Author: James L. Calderwood

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9780870235832

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 233

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Examines how Shakespeare dramatizes the strategies people use to deal with death's inevitability, discusses the nature of Shakespearean tragedy, and also looks at the theme of immortality.

The Denial of Death

Another psychiatrist, in a less extreme vein, sees the fear of death as greatly
heightened by the child's experiences with his parents, by their hostile denial of
his life impulses, and, more generally, by the antagonism of society to human
freedom ...

Author: Ernest Becker

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 141659034X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 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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The Denial of Aging

better measure than life expectancy at birth to capture the characteristic pattern of
aging in a society. 31. ... Becker argues that the unique human awareness of our
mortality creates a sense of anxiety in people, and the denial of death is thus a ...

Author: Muriel R. GILLICK

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674037596

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 352

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Listen to a short interview with Dr. Muriel Gillick Host: Chris Gondek - Producer: Heron & Crane You've argued politics with your aunt since high school, but failing eyesight now prevents her from keeping current with the newspaper. Your mother fractured her hip last year and is confined to a wheelchair. Your father has Alzheimer's and only occasionally recognizes you. Someday, as Muriel Gillick points out in this important yet unsettling book, you too will be old. And no matter what vitamin regimen you're on now, you will likely one day find yourself sick or frail. How do you prepare? What will you need? With passion and compassion, Gillick chronicles the stories of elders who have struggled with housing options, with medical care decisions, and with finding meaning in life. Skillfully incorporating insights from medicine, health policy, and economics, she lays out action plans for individuals and for communities. In addition to doing all we can to maintain our health, we must vote and organize--for housing choices that consider autonomy as well as safety, for employment that utilizes the skills and wisdom of the elderly, and for better management of disability and chronic disease. Most provocatively, Gillick argues against desperate attempts to cure the incurable. Care should focus on quality of life, not whether it can be prolonged at any cost. "A good old age," writes Gillick, "is within our grasp." But we must reach in the right direction.

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Author: Ernest Becker





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Reel to Real

The death that captures public imagination in movies, the death that sells, is
passionate, sexualized glamorized violent death. Films like One False Move,
True Romance, Reservoir Dogs, Menace to Society, A Perfect World bring us the

Author: bell hooks

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135070652

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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Movies matter – that is the message of Reel to Real, bell hooks’ classic collection of essays on film. They matter on a personal level, providing us with unforgettable moments, even life-changing experiences and they can confront us, too, with the most profound social issues of race, sex and class. Here bell hooks – one of America’s most celebrated and thrilling cultural critics – talks back to films that have moved and provoked her, from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to the work of Spike Lee. Including also her conversations with master filmmakers such as Charles Burnett and Julie Dash, Reel to Real is a must read for anyone who believes that movies are worth arguing about.

The Worm at the Core

This is an important, superbly readable and potentially life-changing book.”—The Guardian (U.K.) “A neat fusion of ideas borrowed from sociology, anthropology, existential philosophy and psychoanalysis.”—The Herald (U.K.) “Deep, ...

Author: Sheldon Solomon

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 067960488X

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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A transformative, fascinating theory—based on robust and groundbreaking experimental research—reveals how our unconscious fear of death powers almost everything we do, shining a light on the hidden motives that drive human behavior More than one hundred years ago, the American philosopher William James dubbed the knowledge that we must die “the worm at the core” of the human condition. In 1974, cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker won the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Denial of Death, arguing that the terror of death has a pervasive effect on human affairs. Now authors Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, and Tom Pyszczynski clarify with wide-ranging evidence the many ways the worm at the core guides our thoughts and actions, from the great art we create to the devastating wars we wage. The Worm at the Core is the product of twenty-five years of in-depth research. Drawing from innovative experiments conducted around the globe, Solomon, Greenberg, and Pyszczynski show conclusively that the fear of death and the desire to transcend it inspire us to buy expensive cars, crave fame, put our health at risk, and disguise our animal nature. The fear of death can also prompt judges to dole out harsher punishments, make children react negatively to people different from themselves, and inflame intolerance and violence. But the worm at the core need not consume us. Emerging from their research is a unique and compelling approach to these deeply existential issues: terror management theory. TMT proposes that human culture infuses our lives with order, stability, significance, and purpose, and these anchors enable us to function moment to moment without becoming overwhelmed by the knowledge of our ultimate fate. The authors immerse us in a new way of understanding human evolution, child development, history, religion, art, science, mental health, war, and politics in the twenty-first century. In so doing, they also reveal how we can better come to terms with death and learn to lead lives of courage, creativity, and compassion. Written in an accessible, jargon-free style, The Worm at the Core offers a compelling new paradigm for understanding the choices we make in life—and a pathway toward divesting ourselves of the cultural and personal illusions that keep us from accepting the end that awaits us all. Praise for The Worm at the Core “The idea that nearly all human individual and cultural activity is a response to death sounds far-fetched. But the evidence the authors present is compelling and does a great deal to address many otherwise intractable mysteries of human behaviour. This is an important, superbly readable and potentially life-changing book.”—The Guardian (U.K.) “A neat fusion of ideas borrowed from sociology, anthropology, existential philosophy and psychoanalysis.”—The Herald (U.K.) “Deep, important, and beautifully written, The Worm at the Core describes a brilliant and utterly original program of scientific research on a force so powerful that it drives our lives.”—Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Stumbling on Happiness “As psychology becomes increasingly trivial, devolving into the promotion of positive-thinking platitudes, The Worm at the Core bucks the trend. The authors present—and provide robust evidence for—a psychological thesis with disturbing personal as well as political implications.”—John Horgan, author of The End of War and director of the Center for Science Writings, Stevens Institute of Technology

Neil Gaiman s The Sandman and Joseph Campbell

THE SANDMAN "The idea of death, the fear ... These movements peak, in some
ways, with Ernest Becker's The Denial of Death, which posits that the fear of
death is ...

Author: Stephen Rauch

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9781592242122

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

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The first scholarly book-length examination of the work of comics legend Neil Gaiman includes detailed analysis of his best-selling "Sandman" and "Death" series, a look at his work's relationship to Joseph Campbell, and such topics as "Living in a Desacralized World," "The Relationship of Dreams and Myth in Campbell, Jung, and Gaiman's Sandman," "Humanization, Change, and Rebirth: The Hero's Journey," "The Role of the Artist and the Art of Storytelling," and more. A fascinating journey behind the comics work of one of the most interesting and challenging popular writers of today, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Joseph Campbell: In Search of the Modern Myth is the book which Gaiman's fans have been waiting for!

The Denial of Antiblackness

Anyone who passed the civil service examination yesterday can kill me today
with complete immunity.” Is a calibrated antiblackness a reasonable demand? To
dance the dance of death, to embrace transcendence, is to give up on, or operate

Author: João H. Costa Vargas

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452956723

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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An incisive new look at the black diaspora, examining the true roots of antiblackness and its destructive effects on all of society Thanks to movements like Black Lives Matter, Western society’s chronic discrimination against black individuals has become front-page news. Yet, there is little awareness of the systemic factors that make such a distinct form of dehumanization possible. In both the United States and Brazil—two leading nations of the black diaspora—a very necessary acknowledgment of black suffering is nonetheless undercut by denial of the pervasive antiblackness that still exists throughout these societies. In The Denial of Antiblackness, João H. Costa Vargas examines how antiblackness affects society as a whole through analyses of recent protests against police killings of black individuals in both the United States and Brazil, as well as the everyday dynamics of incarceration, residential segregation, and poverty. With multisite ethnography ranging from a juvenile prison in Austin, Texas, to grassroots organizing in Los Angeles and Black social movements in Brazil, Vargas finds the common factors that have perpetuated antiblackness, regardless of context. Ultimately, he asks why the denial of antiblackness persists, whom this narrative serves, and what political realities it makes possible.

The Human Manifesto

The Human Manifesto is the ultimate self-help book!

Author: Vincent L. Scarsella

Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group

ISBN: 1934937800

Category: Philosophy

Page: 284

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"The Human Manifesto" is the ultimate self-help book! In it, you will learn why you and your fellow man do the things you do -- that cultures offer "hero systems" enabling their members to construct life immortality elusions, or LIES, that allow them to confront and repress the stark reality of death. You will also learn how a culture can be established that motivates human beings to act in ways that improve the quality of life for their fellow man, enhance the prospect of eternal survival or the human species, and reach a better if not complete comprehension of the true nature of God and the Cosmos. Based on the writings of Ernest Becker, especially his 1974 Pulitzer Prize winning "The Denial of Death," "The Human Manifesto" promotes the establishment of a revolutionary cultural system, the Genuine Hero System, that can both satisfy the personal psychological need to repress the stark reality of death while also resulting in a peaceful, enlightened and advanced society. "The Human Manifesto" argues that unless such a system is adopted, the human species will continue to be motivated to destructive or trivial behavior that falls far short in enabling individuals to attain genuine happiness and fulfillment. Indeed, unless the radical changes it espouses are realized, the species will fail to reach its highest spiritual, intellectual and technological potential. Humanity will never reach the stars and worse, as Becker feared, will be doomed to extinction.

Reel to Real

Author: Bell Hooks





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The Slavery of Death

American venture of nice homes, clean streets, decent manners, and daily
security would prove to be false.30 In ... I want to turn now to one of the seminal
works in the field of psychology, Ernest Becker's book The Denial of Death and its

Author: Richard Beck

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630870994

Category: Religion

Page: 146

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According to Hebrews, the Son of God appeared to "break the power of him who holds the power of death--that is, the devil--and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death." What does it mean to be enslaved, all our lives, to the fear of death? And why is this fear described as "the power of the devil"? And most importantly, how are we--as individuals and as faith communities--to be set free from this slavery to death? In another creative interdisciplinary fusion, Richard Beck blends Eastern Orthodox perspectives, biblical text, existential psychology, and contemporary theology to describe our slavery to the fear of death, a slavery rooted in the basic anxieties of self-preservation and the neurotic anxieties at the root of our self-esteem. Driven by anxiety--enslaved to the fear of death--we are revealed to be morally and spiritually vulnerable as "the sting of death is sin." Beck argues that in the face of this predicament, resurrection is experienced as liberation from the slavery of death in the martyrological, eccentric, cruciform, and communal capacity to overcome fear in living fully and sacrificially for others.

The End of the World and the Ends of God

Testament Eschatology Donald H. ... it is a mainspring of human activity —
activity designed largely to avoid the fatality of death , to overcome it by denying
in ...

Author: John Polkinghorne

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781563383120

Category: Religion

Page: 309

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In this provocative collection of essays, scientists, theologians, ethicists, and biblical scholars look at eschatology through their various lenses.

Death Desire and Loss in Western Culture

Jonathan Dollimore. 8 The Denial of Death? 'The denial of death': the phrase is
Freud's, from his 1915 essay 'Our Attitude towards Death', written when the First
World War had been under way for about six months. Before the war, says Freud,

Author: Jonathan Dollimore

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135773270

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

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Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture is a rich testament to our ubiquitous preoccupation with the tangled web of death and desire. In these pages we find nuanced analysis that blends Plato with Shelley, Hölderlin with Foucault. Dollimore, a gifted thinker, is not content to summarize these texts from afar; instead, he weaves a thread through each to tell the magnificent story of the making of the modern individual.

Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology

Chapter 2 The Cultural Animal Twenty Years of Terror Management Theory and
Research SHELDON SOLOMON JEFF ... psychodynamic tradition in the 20th
century , Ernest Becker's 1973 Pulitzer Prize winner , The Denial of Death .
Becker ...

Author: Jeff Greenberg

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781593850401

Category: Psychology

Page: 528

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Social and personality psychologists traditionally have focused their attention on the most basic building blocks of human thought and behavior, while existential psychologists pursued broader, more abstract questions regarding the nature of existence and the meaning of life. This volume bridges this longstanding divide by demonstrating how rigorous experimental methods can be applied to understanding key existential concerns, including death, uncertainty, identity, meaning, morality, isolation, determinism, and freedom. Bringing together leading scholars and investigators, the Handbook presents the influential theories and research findings that collectively are helping to define the emerging field of experimental existential psychology.

The Genealogy of Violence

are prepared to call Kierkegaard as great a student of the human condition as
was Freud. The fact is that, although writing in the 1840's he was really
postFreudian, which conveys the eternal uncanniness of genius. (The Denial of
Death, 68) ...

Author: Charles K. Bellinger

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198030843

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Various historians, philosophers, and social scientists have attempted to provide convincing explanations of the roots of violence, with mixed and confusing results. This book brings Kierkegaard's voice into this conversation in a powerful way, arguing that the Christian intellectual tradition offers the key philosophical tools needed for comprehending human pathology.

Spirituality for the Skeptic

The Thoughtful Love of Life Robert C. Solomon. What began as a lament became
a celebration, not of death but of the denial of death. Indeed, all of the talk about
the denial of death itself became a convenient way of ignoring death. In place of ...

Author: Robert C. Solomon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198030775

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Is it possible to be spiritual and yet not believe in the supernatural? Can a person be spiritual without belonging to a religious group or organization? In this book, philosopher Robert Solomon offers challenging answers to these questions as he explodes commonly held myths about what is means to be spiritual in today's pluralistic world. Based on Solomon's own struggles to reconcile philosophy with religion, Spirituality for the Skeptic offers a model of a vibrant, fulfilling spirituality that embraces the complexities of human existence and acknowledges the joys and tragedies of life. Solomon has forged an enlightened new path that synthesizes spirituality with emotions, intellect, science, and common sense. His new paradigm, "naturalized" spirituality, establishes as its cornerstone the "thoughtful love of life"--a passionate concern for the here-and-now, and not the by-and-by. Being spiritual doesn't mean being holed up as a recluse, spending hours in meditation and contemplation, Solomon argues. It demands involvement and emotional engagement with others in the struggle to find meaning in our lives. As such, this modern-day spirituality encompasses a passionate enthusiasm for the world, the transformation of self, cosmic trust and rationality, coming to terms with fate, and viewing life as a gift, all of which are explored in depth throughout this book. Spirituality for the Skeptic answers the need for a non-institutional, non-dogmatic spirituality that leads to personal fulfillment and satisfaction. By examining the ideas of great thinkers from Socrates and Nietzsche to Buddha to Kafka, Solomon arrives at a practical vision of spirituality that should appeal to many seekers looking to make sense of the human condition.

Decomposing Modernity

The child also learns that it is no longer a "magician" that can magically control its
world through the mother. Its powers have limits. The Denial of Death The first
paragraph of The Denial of Death reads, The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts ...

Author: Stephen W. Martin

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761805373

Category: Philosophy

Page: 106

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This book reads Ernest Becker both as a prophet of modernity and as a sensitive observer of its decline. Situated within the disciplinary approach of 'theology of culture,' the book discerns in dialogue with Becker the contours of modern vision in its depth-dimension. Taking note of Becker's works as a whole, it identifies the two master images of human existence—homo poeta and homo heroica—which articulate this dimension, situating them in scholarly debate and comparing and relating them to the contemporary situation.

The Creative Myth and the Cosmic Hero

Becker's hypothesis about psychic and spiritual unity within the Rankian idea of a hero provides the framework for this book.

Author: Ron Evans

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated


Category: Psychology

Page: 145

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Becker's hypothesis about psychic and spiritual unity within the Rankian idea of a hero provides the framework for this book. By extending Rank's and Becker's conceptions of heroism from a developmental process involving a «World Hero Child,» through a Monomythic narrative sequence (Campbell, 1968), and on into the literary texts of American fiction, this book illustrates Becker's wisdom. At the same time, it explores the implications that remain undeveloped in Becker's The Denial of Death, implications about gender, about modern technocratic life and about popular culture as blocks to heroism. The result is a synthesis of mythic-textual-psychoanalytical theory into a belief system that is perpetuated by resonant readings.