Ernest Becker

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Person.png Ernest Becker   Amazon Website WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedMarch 6, 1974 (Age 49)
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Alma materSyracuse University
SpouseMarie 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.


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

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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