Ernest Becker

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(anthropologist)
Born 1924-09-27
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died March 6, 1974 (Age 49)
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nationality USA
Alma mater Syracuse University
Spouse Marie Becker-Pos
Interests • death
• death anxiety

Ernest Becker was an academic whose work centered the importance of the human fear of death. He believed all culture was an attempt to handle this fear.

Publications

Becker's magnum opus is The Denial Of Death, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize 2 months after his death from cancer.[1] This was followed by the posthumously published Escape From Evil.

 

A Quote by Ernest Becker

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War“In times of peace, without an external enemy, the fear that feeds war tends to find its outlet within the society, in the hatred between classes and races, in the everyday violence of crime, of automobile accidents, and even the self-violence of suicide. War sucks much of this up into one fulcrum and shoots it outward to make an un­known enemy pay for our internal sins.”1975Escape From Evil


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