Ernest Becker


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Ernest Becker (September 27, 1924 – March 6, 1974) was a cultural anthropologist and interdisciplinary scientific thinker and writer. He is noted for his 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Denial of Death.

Becker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Jewish immigrant parents. After completing military service, in which he served in the infantry and helped to liberate a Nazi ... more »

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  • ''For man, maximum excitement is the confrontation of death and the skillful defiance of it by watching others fed to it as he survives transfixed with rapture.''
    Ernest Becker (1924-1974), U.S. psychologist, cultural anthropologist. "The Logic of Scapegoating," ch. 8, Escape from Evil (1975).
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