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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User Review  - Deb - Goodreads

I will probably buy this book and read it again and browse through it from time to time. This is a new way (for me) of analyzing how we know what we know, and I am now fascinated by metaphor and how ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ron - Goodreads

I read this when studying human factors design, but the book is much wider than that. Think about time - a resource (we spend or waste), but what about killing time? Fascinating how language and ... 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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