On Aggression / Edition 2

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Overview

Hugely controversial on publication, this is an insightful and characteristically entertaining survey of animal behavior and the evolution of aggression throughout the animal world.

An investigation of aggressive behavior among the same species of animals related to the difficulties of coexistence among humans.

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Packed with entrancing detail, profound wisdom and deft humor . The book is a masterpiece.
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Written by the Nobel Prize-winner, this bestseller on human conflict and its roots in animal behavior addresses such questions as whether there is "killer instinct" in homo sapiens & whether humanity controls it. "One of the most important works of our time."New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415283205
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication date: 5/9/2002
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989), Austrian zoologist, played a leading part in the foundation of ethology, the study of animal behavior. Most of his work was done at the Max Planck Institute of Behavioral Psychology, in Seewiesen, Bavaria. Lorenz studied greylag geese and jackdaws in particular, and rediscovered the principle of imprinting (originally described by Douglas Spalding in the nineteenth century). In 1973, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with two other important ethologists, Niko Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch. His books for lay readers include "King Solomon's Ring", "Man Meets Dog", "Behind the Mirror", "Civilized Man's Eight Deadly Sins", and "The Year of the Greylag Goose".

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 Prologue in the Sea 1
2 Coral Fish in the Laboratory 9
3 What Aggression is Good For 20
4 The Spontaneity of Aggression 46
5 Habit, Ritual and Magic 54
6 The Great Parliament of Instincts 82
7 Behavioural Analogies to Morality 105
8 Anonymity of the Flock 134
9 Social Organization without Love 145
10 Rats 152
11 The Bond 160
12 On the Virtue of Scientific Humility 213
13 Ecce Homo! 228
14 Avowal of Optimism 266
Recommended Books 291
Bibliography 293
Index 299
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