The Ernest Becker Foundation
|Ernest Becker Conference at American University|
|Sunday, 02 September 2012 11:54|
September 28-29, 2012
Host: Rev. Joseph Eldridge, University Chaplain
Friday evening Sept. 28, 7-8:30 pm
A showing of the documentary feature film Flight From Death: The Quest for Immortality.
Discussants: Robert Kramer, PhD (host) and Sheldon Solomon, PhD (guest speaker).
Saturday Sept. 29, 9:30 am-3 pm
Featuring Sheldon Solomon with Robert Kramer on Ernest Becker, Denial of Death and Terror Management Theory
For details contact Robert Kramer directly:
Robert Kramer, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University, is an internationally recognized authority on action learning, and consults on leadership development worldwide.
He is editor of A Psychology of Difference: The American Lectures of Otto Rank (Princeton
University Press, 1996). His favorite edited piece of all time: Selections from The Journals (Diaries) of Ernest Becker in The Journal of Humanistic Psychology [Oct 2007; Vol. 47 #4, pp 430-473] His new book, co-edited with E. James
Lieberman, is The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank and is reviewed here.
Becker on Otto Rank
"Rank goes so far as to say that the 'need for a truly religious ideology is inherent in human nature and its fulfillment is basic to any kind of social life.' Only in this way, says Rank, only by surrendering to the bigness of nature on the highest, least-fetishized level, can man conquer death. In other words, the true heroic validation or one's life, lies beyond sex, beyond the other, beyond the private religion-all these are makeshifts that pull man down or that hem him in, leaving him torn with ambiguity."
-From Denial of Death, Chapter 8
more on Otto Rank here