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The birth and death of meaning 6 editions

Cover of: The birth and death of meaning by Ernest Becker
About the Book

This book represents the first of Becker's final trilogy, what can be considered his mature theoretical work. In this book, Becker begins his presentation of what he confidently feels is a unified and well rounded general theory of human nature. He also has come to terms with Freud and Freudian theory, meaning that he is now able to deal appreciatively with what psychoanalysis has contributed with this general theory of human nature. It is also important to note that Becker also announces in his Preface that he now recognizes the fact that in his earlier work, he had slighted the underside of human nature. That is, as a social scientist in the tradition of Rousseau, he was dedicated to the view that human nature is essentially neutral or good and that it is corrupted by the social environment. The theory presented now in his mature work has come to a more clear understanding of the element of the darker side, the side of human nature which is evil and vicious. This considerably sobers his earlier optimism about human possibilities and potentials, guided by an actively engaged social science. As is clear, however, Becker’s recognition of the element of human viciousness and evil does not push him toward cynicism or despair. [Adapted from The Ernest Becker Foundation book description]

6 editions First published in 1962

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Cover of: The birth and death of meaning
1962, Free Press of Glencoe
The birth and death of meaning
in English
Cover of: Birth and death of meaning
1962, Free Press
Birth and death of meaning
in English
Cover of: The birth and death of meaning.
1962, The Free Press of Glencoe
The birth and death of meaning.
in English
Cover of: The birth and death of meaning
1962, Free Press
The birth and death of meaning
in English
Cover of: The birth and death of meaning
1971, Free Press
The birth and death of meaning
in English - 2d ed.
Cover of: The birth and death of meaning
1980, Penguin books
The birth and death of meaning
in English - 2nd ed.

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