The Ernest Becker Foundation
|Sheldon Solomon makes Otto Rank understandable|
|Tuesday, 13 April 2010 12:31|
Otto Rank is a prime source for Ernest Becker's synthesis, but reading Rank in the original is very frustrating for most of us.
We are fortunate in the EBF to have 2 published Rank scholars in our ranks, Robert Kramer and E. James Lieberman. Jim wrote Acts of Will: The Life and Work of Otto Rank, and Bob, Otto Rank’s A Psychology of Difference: The American Lectures.
Also, luckily, our Becker communicator par excellence, Sheldon Solomon, gave us a lecture introducing Rank that is available on CD.
Here is Bob Kramer praising Sheldon’s Intro to Otto Rank:
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Becker on Otto Rank
"Rank's thought always spanned several fields of knowledge: when he talked about, say, anthropological data and you expected anthropological insight, you got something else, something more. Living as we do in an era of hyperspecialization we have lost the expectation of this kind of delight: the experts give us manageable thrills—if they thrill us at all."
From the preface to Denial of Death
more on Otto Rank here