Related Works

ReaderThe Ernest Becker Reader

By Ernest Becker, edited by Daniel Liechty
Seattle, University of Washington Press, 2005
Available from the EBF


Creative Myth The Creative Myth and the Cosmic Hero: Text and Context in Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death

By Ron Evans
New York, Peter Lang, 1992


Play Play, Death, and Heroism in Shakespeare

By Kirby Farrell
Chapel Hill, U. of N. Carolina Press, 1989


Post Traumatic CulturePost Traumatic Culture: Injury & Interpretation in the 90’s

By Kirby Farrell 
Johns Hopkins Press, 1998


Psychology of AbandonThe Psychology of Abandon: The Berserk Style in American Culture

By Kirby Farrell 
Levellers Press, 2015


Feuerbach Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion

By Van Austin Harvey
New York, Cambridge University Press, 1995


Educating Heroes Educating Heroes: The Implications of Ernest Becker’s Depth Psychology of Education for Philosophy of Education

By Michael Alan Kagen
Durango, CO: Hollowbrook Publishing, 1994


Mortal Gods Mortal Gods: Ernest Becker and Fundamental Theology

By Sally A. Kenel
Lanham, MD:, University Press of America, 1988


TheologyTheology in Postliberal Perspective

By Daniel Liechty
Philadelphia: Trinity Press International, 1990


Transference and Transcendence Transference and Transcendence: Ernest Becker’s Contribution to Psychotherapy

By Daniel Liechty
New Jersey: Jason Aronson, 1995


Death and DenialDeath and Denial: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Legacy of Ernest Becker

Edited by Daniel Liechty 
Praeger, 2002


Allure of Toxic LeadersThe Allure of Toxic Leaders

By Jean Lipman-Blumen 
Oxford University Press, 2006


Decomposing Modernity Decomposing Modernity: Ernest Becker’s Images of Humanity at the End of an Age

By Stephen W. Martin
Lanham MD, University Press of America, 1997


In the Wake of 9/11 In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror

By Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, and Tom Pyszczynski
American Psychological Association, 2003


The Worm at the Core The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life

By Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, and Tom Pyszczynski
Random House, 2015


Works by Otto Rank

Edited/translated and introduced by EBF speakers. These materials included because of the importance of Rank’s work to Becker’s thinking.

Psychology of Difference A Psychology of Difference: The American Lectures of Otto Rank

Edited by Robert Kramer
Princeton University Press, 1996


Psychology and the Soul Psychology and the Soul: A Study of the Origin, Conceptual Evolution, and Nature of the Soul

By Otto Rank
Translated by Gregory C. Richter & E. James Lieberman with an introduction by Dr. Lieberman
Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1998


Selected Articles and Essays

  • Bates, Harvey, “Letters from Ernest.” Christian Century 9, 217-227, March 1977. (Available from the EBF)
  • Becker, Ernest, “The spectrum of loneliness.” Humanitas 10: 237-246, 1974.
  • Becker, Ernest, “Toward the merger of animal and human studies.” Philosophy of the Social Sciences 4: 235-254, 1974.
  • Judis, John, “Death Grip.” The New Republic, August 2007. (Available from the EBF)
  • Keen, Sam, “A Conversation with Ernest Becker.” Psychology Today 71-80, April 1974. (Available from the EBF)

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