On Aggression

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 306 pages
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Konrad Lorenz was the author of some of the most popular books ever published about animals, including the best-selling Man Meets Dog and King Solomon's Ring. On Aggression is one of his finest works, as well as the most controversial. Through an insightful and characteristically entertaining survey of animal behaviour, the Nobel Prize winner tracks the evolution of aggression throughout the animal world. He also raises some startling questions when he applies his observations of animal psychology to humankind. His conclusions caused an unprecedented controversy, culminating in a statement adopted by UNESCO in 1989 which appeared to condemn his work. Whether or not Lorenz actually claimed aggression is hard-wired into the human psyche, and that war is an inevitable result, is something readers can decide upon for themselves. However you react, there can be no doubting that in today's violent world this powerful work remains of paramount importance.
 

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Required reading in college. Basically a treatise on aggression and how it manifests itself in nature (and in us). Puts "militant enthusiasm" on the map for the first time and is therefore a ground ... Read full review

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User Review  - FPdC - LibraryThing

The english translation of the german original Das Sogenannte Böse, Zur Naturgeschichte der Aggression, this book is a masterpiece. A brilliant essay on animal behaviour by an outstanding scientist, with deep insights into human nature and society. Outstanding! Read full review

Contents

Prologue in the Sea
1
Coral Fish in the Laboratory
9
What Aggression is Good For
20
The Spontaneity of Aggression
46
Habit Ritual and Magic
54
The Great Parliament of Instincts
82
Behavioural Analogies to Morality
105
Anonymity of the Flock
134
Social Organization without Love
145
Rats
152
The Bond
160
On the Virtue of Scientific Humility
213
Ecce Homo
228
Avowal of Optimism
266
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Konrad Lorenz (1903-89). Pioneering and world-renowned scientist of animal behaviour. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Psychology in 1973.

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