On Aggression

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This work has had significant impact on the social and biological sciences and is now a classic point of reference for investigations of behavioral patterns. Lorenz presents his findings on the mechanism of aggression and how animals control destructive drives in the interest of the species. Translated by Marjorie Kerr Wilson. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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Overview

This work has had significant impact on the social and biological sciences and is now a classic point of reference for investigations of behavioral patterns. Lorenz presents his findings on the mechanism of aggression and how animals control destructive drives in the interest of the species. Translated by Marjorie Kerr Wilson. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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: 9780156687416
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/1974
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 494,916
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (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

Introduction
1.Prologue in the Sea
2.Coral Fish in the Laboratory
3.What Aggression is Good For
4.The Spontaneity of Aggression
5.Habit, Ritual, and Magic
6.The Great Parliament of Instincts
7.Behavioral Analogies to Morality
8.Anonymity of the Flock
9.Social Organization without Love
10.Rats
11.The Bond
12.On the Virtue of Humility
13.Ecce Homo!
14.Avowal of Optimism
Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

    vast amount of thinking and experience went into it

    A lifetime of thinking, research, and observation clearly went into creating this marvelous book. I like it when someone clearly cares about what he's doing, engrosses himself in his work, possibly to the point of obsession. This may well describe Lorenz and this classic book, who defends Darwin and to some degree Freud, among others. Not just about his first hand observations of animals and his interpretation of their behavior, the book extends its scope to include philosophy and history, especially the evolutionary underpinnings of human history. It is rich in detail and very well written. A must read for anyone who cares about the past and future of living things on this planet.

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