Metaphors We Live By

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University of Chicago Press, 1980 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 242 pages
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The now-classic Metaphors We Live By changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects. Because such metaphors structure our most basic understandings of our experience, they are "metaphors we live by"Śmetaphors that can shape our perceptions and actions without our ever noticing them.

In this updated edition of Lakoff and Johnson's influential book, the authors supply an afterword surveying how their theory of metaphor has developed within the cognitive sciences to become central to the contemporary understanding of how we think and how we express our thoughts in language.

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Very interesting premise, though a little repetitive. - Goodreads
The writing is dry, but not awkward or difficult. - Goodreads
My intro to our daily metaphor use. - Goodreads
... it's a philosophy/writing book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Drew - Goodreads

I liked the subject, it was very interesting, and it made me consider a lot of things about how we use language that I'd never thought of before. However, some of the arguments felt a little over ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hans de Zwart - Goodreads

Lakoff and Johnson basically show how it is 'metaphors all the way down'. They give a persuavive argument as to how we structure the world through metaphors and how metaphors thus even manage to create reality occasionally. Read full review

About the author (1980)

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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