This book contains reference to a number of Sontag's earlier articles on Becker. Becker won the Pulitzer Prize for writing
The Denialof Death. His psychological/anthropological writings examined human nature and its tendency to religion. He proposed a self-made «hero religion», but his critique of the assumptions of modern social science equally make possible a return to traditional forms of religion: the return of the Gods.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1989. 154 pp.
Contents: Evil can be accounted for by an anthropology, Becker argues, but it must be acknowledged. Meaning in life must be
restored, but this means satisfying the natural human religious instinct, Becker argues. Chapters explore Death, Alienation,
and the Rebirth of Meaning. In spite of Becker's importance, no appraisal of his work has yet been published.