Reviews from 06/2013

Denial of Death

reviewed by Rob Mason on 23 June 2013

I read a book recently: ‘Denial of death’ which is a work of psychology and philosophy by Ernest Becker. Becker’s main thesis in this book is our fear of death. Being the only animal that is conscious of his inevitable mortality, his life’s project is to deny or repress this fear, and hence his need for some kind of a heroism. Every idea or project, good or evil, is intended to make him transcend death and become immortal, to prove his thesis, Becker resorts to psychoanalysis. The primary repression is not sexuality, as…Read