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Metaphors We Live By

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This arresting book will make you think, in a whole new way, about the language we use. For metaphors are not mere poetical or rheotrical embellishments, Lakoff and Johnson hold, but are a part of everyday speech that affects the ways in which we perceive, think, and act. Reality itself is defined by metaphor, and as metaphors vary from culture to culture, so do the realities they define.
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Overview

This arresting book will make you think, in a whole new way, about the language we use. For metaphors are not mere poetical or rheotrical embellishments, Lakoff and Johnson hold, but are a part of everyday speech that affects the ways in which we perceive, think, and act. Reality itself is defined by metaphor, and as metaphors vary from culture to culture, so do the realities they define.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226468013
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 122,476
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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George Lakoff is a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of, among other books, Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things and Moral Politics, both published by the University of Chicago Press. Mark Johnson is the Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. He is the author of The Body in the Mind and Moral Imagination, both published by the University of Chicago Press. Johnson and Lakoff have also coauthored Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and its Challenge to Western Thought.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Concepts We Live By 3
2 The Systematicity of Metaphorical Concepts 7
3 Metaphorical Systematicity: Highlighting and Hiding 10
4 Orientational Metaphors 14
5 Metaphor and Cultural Coherence 22
6 Ontological Metaphors 25
7 Personification 33
8 Metonymy 35
9 Challenges to Metaphorical Coherence 41
10 Some Further Examples 46
11 The Partial Nature of Metaphorical Structuring 52
12 How Is Our Conceptual System Grounded? 56
13 The Grounding of Structural Metaphors 61
14 Causation: Partly Emergent and Partly Metaphorical 69
15 The Coherent Structuring of Experience 77
16 Metaphorical Coherence 87
17 Complex Coherences across Metaphors 97
18 Some Consequences for Theories of Conceptual Structure 106
19 Definition and Understanding 115
20 How Metaphor Can Give Meaning to Form 126
21 New Meaning 139
22 The Creation of Similarity 147
23 Metaphor, Truth, and Action 156
24 Truth 159
25 The Myths of Objectivism and Subjectivism 185
26 The Myth of Objectivism in Western Philosophy and Linguistics 195
27 How Metaphor Reveals the Limitations of the Myth of Objectivism 210
28 Some Inadequacies of the Myth of Subjectivism 223
29 The Experientialist Alternative: Giving New Meaning to the Old Myths 226
30 Understanding 229
Afterword 239
References 241
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  • Posted December 8, 2011

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    Excellent Insights - Recommended

    Metaphors, as explained by Lakoff & Johnson, can obviously leverage greater power and effectiveness in the written or spoken word. This book demands your attention and rewards you for it. And, although the subject is not always easy to fully grasp, it appears to be more than adequately researched. Plenty of examples are given with each topic - however I had to re-read some sections for added clarity. Understanding our common usage of metaphors, and their variability in applications, provides a deeper insight into intelligence and how it expands. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in language and the brain's secrets.

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    i want to read this book.

    I havent read it and want to because I used alot of such arguments that are mention the book addresses in my term paper for an arts class. It just makes me happy that when I learn my own ideas have been thought of and proven. I want to read this book.

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