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Does Truth Matter?

Truth, holding a mirror and a serpent (1896). Olin Levi Warner, Library of Congress

The sleep of reason produces monsters. ~ Francisco Goya

In a previous post, I discussed Princeton emeritus professor Harry Frankfurt’s distinction between lies and bullshit. I suggested that the difference between truth and falsity is even more important. Continue reading Does Truth Matter?

Ernest Becker’s, The Denial of Death

The Denial of Death is a work by Ernest Becker which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1974, shortly after his death. (In the scene above Woody Allen buys the book for Diane Keaton in the Academy Award-winning movie “Annie Hall.”)

The book’s basic premise is that human civilization is a defense mechanism against the knowledge that we will die. Continue reading Ernest Becker’s, The Denial of Death