While he might not yet be the household name that we think his work warrants, Ernest Becker and his theories get regular mentions in the press.
Terror Management Theory (TMT) was developed in 1986 by social psychologists Jeff Greenberg, Tom Pyszczynski, and Sheldon Solomon based upon Ernest Becker’s ideas.
TMT posits that while humans share with all life-forms a biological predisposition toward self-preservation in the service of reproduction, we are unique in our capacity for symbolic thought, which fosters self-awareness and the ability to reflect on the past and ponder the future. This spawns the realization that death is inevitable and can occur at any time for reasons that cannot be anticipated or controlled.
Our experts review books that relate to Becker’s work as applied in the arts, psychoanalysis, religious thought, and an array of other topics.
The EBF maintains hundreds of audio recordings from past conferences, lectures, and symposiums. These lectures are arranged chronologically and presented in mp3 format.
Browse our collection of lecture notes made available by past EBF speakers and educators.