The Ernest Becker Foundation
|What is Terror Management Theory (TMT)?|
|Written by Administrator|
|Tuesday, 23 June 2009 14:34|
TMT warrants special attention, as a clearly ground-breaking and startlingly bold confrontation with the conventional wisdom in social sciences and its implications in the broader philosophical disciplines. Over the past 25 years a pioneering group of experimental social psychologists has amassed a scientifically significant body of empirical evidence substantiating Ernest Becker's synthesis to an amazing degree.
Daniel Liechty, writing in the dedication for The Becker Reader rightly praises the originators of Terror Management Theory as "three who refused to believe it when told these ideas could never be tested scientifically." TMT has grown from a belittled and obscure theory to become the most cited material in the scientific literature seeking to understand the existential roots of terrorist violence. Through their work, that of their students, and now even the students of their students, TMT has gained a strong and expanding reputation.
A full bibliography of TMT material is available at the Terror Management Theory website.
Reis O'Brien has designed a short comic for the EBF. Reapy: The Littlest Harbinger of Death provides a brief introduction to The Denial of Death and how Becker is being used in social science research today.
This comic is great for students and adults alike. To download a pdf version click here.
Posted on June 30, 2009